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Colorado’s air quality is getting worse with growing population, new report says

Every year the association looks at data from federal air monitors in 900 counties. A new study released Wednesday shows things aren't getting better.

Warren County received a C for ozone, but an A for particle pollution - it's one of the cleanest counties in the nation with regards to the latter, the ALA says.

More than 140 million people are living with unhealthy air, which is a 7.2 million jump since last year's report.

Merced and surrounding central San Joaquin Valley cities are among the most polluted American cities, according to an annual report released Tuesday night by the American Lung Association.

Tuolumne County had just over 28 "high ozone days" a year ago where the pollution was over the healthy limit, and Calaveras County registered almost 18 days.

Bakersfield tops the list for unhealthy particle pollution days, and Los Angeles-Long Beach for unhealthy ozone days.

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The country had been making progress in cleaning up air pollution, but during the Trump administration, it has been backsliding, the report says Deregulation and climate change are largely to blame. Both ozone and particle pollution are unsafe to public health and can increase the risk of premature death and other serious health effects such as lung cancer, asthma attacks, cardiovascular damage, and developmental and reproductive harm. Meanwhile, all four Wasatch Front counties got failing grades for both ozone and winter smog episodes.

Numerous cities with the most people at risk were located in California.

The report said that the Fresno-Madera-Hanford area exposed the highest number of at-risk people to year-round particle pollution.

"Particle pollution is made of soot or tiny particles that come from coal-fired power plants, diesel emissions, wildfires and wood-burning devices. Specifically in the Pacific Northwest with the increase of wildfires and wildfire smoke exposure that we're having", said Nyssen.

Bangor, Maine, and the Burlington-South Burlington area in Vermont were named by the association as two of the six cleanest-air cities in the country.

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