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Report: DFW ranks 21st among 228 cities with ozone-polluted air

Posted April 28, 2020

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Fort Worth is part of a 10-county area in North Texas battling ozone pollution.

Air quality in North Texans has improved, but ozone continues to make Dallas-Fort Worth one of the most-polluted metropolitan areas in the U.S., according to a new report.

“State of the Air” is produced annually by the American Lung Association and measures high ozone days and short- and long-term particle pollution. The report found that nearly five in 10 people — 150 million Americans — live in counties with unhealthy ozone or particle pollution.

In Dallas-Fort Worth, air quality got slightly better. The area dropped to 21st on the list of most-polluted cities, improving from 17th in 2019. But the American Lung Association still gave DFW a grade of “F” for the year.

The report covers air pollution data from 2016 through 2018. During that period, Dallas-Fort worth recorded fewer days with unhealthy levels of ozone pollution compared with last year’s report, making it the best ozone report on record for the area.

Houston (No. 14) and El Paso (No. 17) were the only Texas cities to rank higher on the most-polluted list.

A 10-county region in North Texas is in nonattainment for ozone levels. Ozone can reach unhealthy levels on hot sunny days in urban environments. Motor vehicle exhaust, gasoline vapors, emissions from industrial facilities and electric utilities, and chemical solvents contribute to ozone pollution. Even relatively low levels of ozone can have negative health effects.

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