Poor air quality is all too frequent occurrence for more than 100M Americans

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TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – More than 100 million Americans suffered through at least 100 days of poor air quality during 2018, according to a new report that suggests many live in areas still routinely exposed to levels of pollution that can cause health problems.

The report — produced jointly by the Environment America Research & Policy Center, the Frontier Group and U.S. PIRG Education Fund — focused on pollution levels above that which federal environmental authorities have determined pose “little to no risk.’’

The study is based on data collected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at air monitoring stations for two primary pollutants: ground-level ozone (smog) and fine particulates …

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