Not just Jersey City and Newark: All of N.J. suffers from dirty air, report says

smokestacks billowing smoke

MICHAEL SOL WARREN / NJ.COM – It doesn’t matter where you are in New Jersey: There’s a good chance you are breathing dirty air.

That’s according to a new report released by Environment New Jersey on Thursday.

The report found that nearly every metropolitan area in the state experienced an average of about 91 days with degraded air quality in 2016. That means elevated levels of particle pollution, like soot, and smog. According to the report, poor air quality is linked to public health issues, particularly respiratory problems. The report describes smog pollution as causing “sunburn on the inside of the lungs.” …

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