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  • kodiakzachkodiakzach Posts: 6,079 Admiral
    These are America’s five most polluted cities:

    5. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside, Calif.

    Year-round particle pollution rank:*5th worst
    Unhealthy ozone pollution rank:*1st worst
    Residents with asthma:*1,464,217
    Population:*18,081,569
    The greater Los Angeles area is home to more than 18 million people, more than twice the combined population of all nine other metro areas on this list. With many, if not most, residents driving regularly — the area is among the worst for traffic*congestion*— air quality in the greater Los Angeles area has suffered. Almost 4 million residents of the greater metro area suffer from cardiovascular disease — the symptoms of which can be made-worse by exposure to high levels of air pollution. No other area in the*country*had more high ozone days than Los Angeles, which was the only city that averaged over 100 such days per year between 2009 and 2011. According to the Los Angeles Daily News, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, which oversees air quality in the greater Los Angeles area, is working to reduce emissions from older diesel vehicles and is pitching an emission-free system for moving cargo containers at local ports.

    4. Hanford-Corcoran, Calif.

    Year-round particle pollution rank:*4th worst
    Unhealthy ozone pollution rank:*5th worst
    Residents with asthma:*12,388
    Population:*153,765
    Although the Hanford metropolitan area is less than 1% the size of the Los Angeles area, the pollution problem is even bigger. From 2009 to 2011, Hanford area had 98 days on average per year where ozone pollution was considered unhealthy for sensitive populations, and seven additional days where it was considered unhealthy altogether. Similarly, there were 89 days where particle pollution was considered unhealthy for sensitive populations, and an additional 21 days where it was considered downright unhealthy. The Hanford area is in the San Joaquin Valley, which generally suffers from very poor air quality. It is also next to Bakersfield and Hanford, the worst and third-worst metros in terms of air pollution. Of the area’s population of nearly 154,000 people, more than 12,000 have asthma, the symptoms of which are exacerbated by high pollution levels.

    3. Fresno-Madera, Calif.

    Year-round particle pollution rank:*3rd worst
    Unhealthy ozone pollution rank:*4th worst
    Residents with asthma:*88,136
    Population:*1,095,829
    In addition to being ranked as the third-worst place in*America*for year-round particle pollution in 2009-2011, the greater Fresno area ranked among the worst for the number of individual days where particle pollution was especially high, as well as the number of days with elevated ozone levels. Just over 1 million people live in the greater Fresno-Madera area, and more than 224,000 of them suffer from some sort of cardiovascular disease, the symptoms of which can be aggravated by pollution. Some of the area’s pollution troubles may be due to the high numbers of*commuters. The area’s population rose 15.7% between 2000 and 2010.

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    2. Merced, Calif.

    Year-round particle pollution rank:*worst (tied for first)
    Unhealthy ozone pollution rank:*11th worst
    Residents with asthma:*20,837
    Population:*259,898
    Merced’s year-round particle pollution ranked as the worst in the nation, in a tie with the Bakersfield-Delano metro area. While the metro area did not rank as poorly for the number of days with especially unhealthy particle pollution, the figure has been on the rise in recent years. In response to the figures released by the ALA, Merced mayor Stan Thurston defended the city to the Merced*Sun*Star, claiming that much of the pollution actually comes from the San Francisco Bay Area. According to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, an estimated 27% of emissions measured in Merced county originated in either the San Francisco Bay Area or Sacramento area.

    1. Bakersfield-Delano, Calif.

    Year-round particle pollution rank:*worst (tied for first)
    Unhealthy ozone pollution rank:*3th worst
    Residents with asthma:*68,419
    Population:*851,710
    Along with Merced, no city had more of a problem with pollution than the Bakersfield metropolitan area. The ozone air quality was considered unhealthy for sensitive populations an average of 199 days per year from 2009 to 2011, while it was considered flat-out unhealthy in another 24. Fortunately, the average number of unhealthy days in the last two years dropped 44% since 1996-1998, despite the fact that population grew 41% in just the last decade. The area has resorted to unusually high-tech solutions to combat pollution. Earlier this year, NASA flew aircrafts over the area equipped with scientific tools to experiment with ways to better measure air quality.
  • golflaxfishgolflaxfish Posts: 455 Deckhand
    With all of the liberals out there who thought they had it all figured out, they STILL make their cities dirtier than the rest of us.. What happened to all of the movie stars going "green" and buying prii?
    1970 23 Seabird
  • tagtag Posts: 8,920 Admiral
    But, but , but all the environmental laws commiefornia has shoved down people's throats (that have effected everyone across the country) have made Ca. a utopia.
  • NACl H2O LuvrNACl H2O Luvr Posts: 12,389 AG
    tag wrote: »
    But, but , but all the environmental laws commiefornia has shoved down people's throats (that have effected everyone across the country) have made Ca. a utopia.

    When we finally get around to building the fence on the Mexican border, we should continue the fence along California’s eastern boundary also. :grin
  • jad1097jad1097 Posts: 9,611 Admiral
    10. Cincinnati-Middletown-Wilmington, Ohio-Ky.-Ind.
    > Year-round particle pollution rank: 10th worst
    > Unhealthy ozone pollution rank: 14th worst
    > Residents with asthma: 215,984
    > Population: 2,179,965

    The greater Cincinnati area is one of the most polluted areas in the country outside of California. Only 13 other metropolitan areas averaged more days with dangerously high ozone levels. However, to the city’s credit, the number of days with high ozone levels in the area fell by more than half between the 1996-1998 measurement period to the 2009-2011 one. Much of the greater Cincinnati area is in Ohio, which was the second worst state for air pollution in the nation, according to a 2012 study from the National Resources Defense Council. Cincinnati is also on the Ohio River, which had more toxic releases than any other river in 2010, according to

    9. El Centro, Calif.
    > Year-round particle pollution rank: 9th worst
    > Unhealthy ozone pollution rank: 10th worst
    > Residents with asthma: 14,253
    > Population: 177,057

    In the last year, the El Centro metro area had 49 days where the ozone level was unhealthy for sensitive populations. In addition, the ALA gave the metropolitan area a failing grade for particle pollution. El Centro’s population of about 177,000 people includes many residents who suffer from conditions that can be exacerbated by pollution. Much of El Centro’s air pollution has to do with vehicle emissions, and the city has made efforts to address the problem by recently converting several city streets into pedestrian malls. Fortunately, the number high ozone days has fallen from an average of more than 80 annually in 1996-1998 to less than 20 in 2009-2011.

    8. Pittsburgh-New Castle, Penn.
    > Year-round particle pollution rank: 8th worst
    > Unhealthy ozone pollution rank: 24th worst
    > Residents with asthma: 224,567
    > Population: 2,450,281

    Since the ALA began measuring particle pollution in 2004, Pittsburgh has been among the 10 cities with the highest levels of particle pollution. In the most recent study, it was seventh worst overall for short-term particle pollution, and eighth worst for long-term pollution. Nolen explained that one of the major sources of continuing particle pollution in the area is the U.S. Steel Plant. Pittsburgh is also downwind from many coal-fired power plants in the midwest. This also has a major impact on the region’s particle pollution levels. As a major city, Nolen added, heavy traffic also contributes to high pollution levels. An estimated 28% of the region’s 2.45 million residents suffer from cardiovascular disease, with high pollution levels putting them at risk of further exacerbating their condition.

    7. Visalia-Porterville, Calif.
    > Year-round particle pollution rank: 7th worst
    > Unhealthy ozone pollution rank: 2nd worst
    > Residents with asthma: 35,957
    > Population: 449,253

    The Visalia metro area registered an average of 234 days a year of ozone air quality that was considered unhealthy for sensitive populations between 2009-2011. In addition, in 19 days the ozone air quality was considered unhealthy for everyone. According to the ALA, particle pollution in Kings County, the only county in the Visalia area , has doubled in the last six years. Out of roughly 450,000 residents 36,000 have asthma, and the poor air quality may be causing them significant problems. In addition, more than 86,000 people in the area suffer from cardiovascular disease.

    6. Modesto, Calif.
    > Year-round particle pollution rank: 6th worst
    > Unhealthy ozone pollution rank: 13th worst
    > Residents with asthma: 41,791
    > Population: 518,522

    Modesto is one of several cities among the nation’s worst for air pollution located within the Central Valley in California. The valley has high pollution levels due to both its unique geography and its massive agricultural industry. The Modesto Convention & Visitors Bureau reported that agriculture represented over one-third of all jobs in the area and was among the nation’s leading producers of milk, almonds and poultry. The metro area received failing grades for the number of high ozone days it had, the number of high particle pollution days, and the annual average levels of particle pollution. Additionally, while the number of high ozone days has declined in recent years, the number of days where particle pollution is especially high has risen dramatically — there were 16.2 more such days in the most recent measurement than there were in the 2000-2002 period.


    Read more: America’s Most Polluted Cities - 24/7 Wall St. http://247wallst.com/2013/04/26/americas-most-polluted-cities/#ixzz2Rwn9rixT
  • Fish HaidFish Haid Posts: 8,417 Admiral
    Poll is wrong. Washing DC, followed by Chicago and Detroit.
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  • PhescadorPhescador Posts: 3,838 Captain
    tag wrote: »
    But, but , but all the environmental laws commiefornia has shoved down people's throats (that have effected everyone across the country) have made Ca. a utopia.

    Just think of how bad it would be if they didn't. Just sayin'. It probably has more to do with the environment being more conducive to pollution buildup than with their pollution laws and such. I'm no expert but just looking at a map the Top 5 are all located in the South/Central Valley.
    Ewe Inn Joy Mice Elf.
  • CaptTaterCaptTater Posts: 20,096 AG
    I hate to defend those wackadoodles and it's probably the pollution that makes them some freakin' jackholes but yes their lovely mountains and westerly winds trap all their crap around them. I guess when they fall to the bottom of the ocean it will clean it up. But that doesn't explain the trash ridden streets.

    If you smell somethin' funny when you walk down the street

    You look and see garbage all over the street

    Up and down the street there ain't nothin' but trash
    I did not read the story but if you take tax payers money maybe you should be held to some standards.-Cyclist
    when we say the same thing about welfare recipients, you cry like a wounded buffalo Sopchoppy
    It's their money, they spend it how they like. Truth and honesty have nothing to do with it. - Mr Jr
    "“A radical is one who advocates sweeping changes in the existing laws and methods of government.” "
  • Next LevelNext Level Posts: 2,964 Captain
    CaptTater wrote: »
    If you smell somethin' funny when you walk down the street

    You look and see garbage all over the street

    Up and down the street there ain't nothin' but trash

    ****, Tater went all Haiku on us.
  • Triple Threat 33TTriple Threat 33T Port CanaveralPosts: 18,669 Admin
    Next Level wrote: »
    ****, Tater went all Haiku on us.

    He's multi talented.

    Speaking of Cali, how long do you guys think it'll be before it actually drops off into the ocean?
    "Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen."
  • gandrfabgandrfab Posts: 21,685 AG
    It's going to Alaska
  • CyclistCyclist Posts: 23,346 AG
    I hear you can see Russia from there.
  • GermGerm Posts: 1,704 Captain
    yea it kinda has to do with geographics.I learned in training thats sorta the reason why florida doesnt have emissions testing. We are surrounded by water and pretty flat.
  • SinjunmbSinjunmb Posts: 91 Greenhorn
    I can't believe salt lake isn't in the top ten, last time I was there the smog was awful an people weren't allowed to burn have wood to heat their homes.
  • golflaxfishgolflaxfish Posts: 455 Deckhand

    Speaking of Cali, how long do you guys think it'll be before it actually drops off into the ocean?

    not soon enough
    1970 23 Seabird
  • gregglgreggl Posts: 21,594 Officer
    Germ wrote: »
    yea it kinda has to do with geographics.I learned in training thats sorta the reason why florida doesnt have emissions testing. We are surrounded by water and pretty flat.

    For sure. Move Orlando to CA and it'd be a serious hell hole.

    LA is SO much better than it was even 10 years ago and isn't even comparable to end of the 80s.
  • CaptTaterCaptTater Posts: 20,096 AG
    Cyclist wrote: »
    I hear you can see Russia from there.

    that explains it.. you think SNL is the news.
    I did not read the story but if you take tax payers money maybe you should be held to some standards.-Cyclist
    when we say the same thing about welfare recipients, you cry like a wounded buffalo Sopchoppy
    It's their money, they spend it how they like. Truth and honesty have nothing to do with it. - Mr Jr
    "“A radical is one who advocates sweeping changes in the existing laws and methods of government.” "
  • got ants?got ants? Posts: 9,140 Officer
    And what about Denver?

    Actually, I think there are places in the US far more toxic, but that article is only about air pollution.

    Ever been to Gary Indiana? North Jersey? Philadelphia?
  • FLDXTFLDXT Posts: 2,521 Captain
    Give CA to China and call it even. Install DMZ around.
  • gregglgreggl Posts: 21,594 Officer
    FLDXT wrote: »
    Give CA to China and call it even. Install DMZ around.

    Says the guy on the 'internets' who lives in a swamp with great bass fishing :)
  • GermGerm Posts: 1,704 Captain
    greggl wrote: »
    Says the guy on the 'internets' who lives in a swamp with great bass fishing :)
    defend what you want but there is a strong following in the US that really doesnt like Cali, well more so the ppl that live in it and that run it
  • Mister-JrMister-Jr Posts: 27,750 AG
    California is an automobile based transportation center. Imagine what electric cars would do for the smog.
    Vote for the other candidate
  • gregglgreggl Posts: 21,594 Officer
    Germ wrote: »
    defend what you want but there is a strong following in the US that really doesnt like Cali, well more so the ppl that live in it and that run it

    Thats because all of the money is here and on the other coast, north of you. You don't like them either.

    If California can scam the rest of the US into financing it, parts of San Fran and LA will remake themselves to be like Vancouver, Wellington NZ or a few other model cities.

    Don't think I'm supposed to be saying thing this, but I have a soft spot for the Keys ;)
  • PhescadorPhescador Posts: 3,838 Captain
    got ants? wrote: »
    Ever been to Gary Indiana?

    A few times. It's like the Seventh Level of Hell.
    Ewe Inn Joy Mice Elf.
  • Baits OutBaits Out Posts: 12,331 AG
    He's multi talented.

    Speaking of Cali, how long do you guys think it'll be before it actually drops off into the ocean?

    That question should be directed to Rep Hank Johnson.

    Him know about them thangs.

    A southeast Florida laid back beach bum and volunteer bikini assessor who lives on island time. 
  • NACl H2O LuvrNACl H2O Luvr Posts: 12,389 AG
    Mister-Jr wrote: »
    California is an automobile based transportation center. Imagine what electric cars would do for the smog.

    Yes, I’m sure the coal powered generating plants to generate the additional electricity to run the millions of vehicles, would do wonders for air quality.
  • Mister-JrMister-Jr Posts: 27,750 AG
    Yes, I’m sure the coal powered generating plants to generate the additional electricity to run the millions of vehicles, would do wonders for air quality.

    You're living in the past.
    Vote for the other candidate
  • NACl H2O LuvrNACl H2O Luvr Posts: 12,389 AG
    Mister-Jr wrote: »
    You're living in the past.

    Ok, so where would the electric energy come from....please I want to learn, sir.
  • Mister-JrMister-Jr Posts: 27,750 AG
    Natural gas, solar, nuclear, hydro. Cali gets little of it's electric from coal.

    Say hello to renewable, they are the future.
    Vote for the other candidate
  • got ants?got ants? Posts: 9,140 Officer
    Mister-Jr wrote: »
    Natural gas, solar, nuclear, hydro. Cali gets little of it's electric from coal.

    Say hello to renewable, they are the future.

    Mj, are you yourself even current with the times? First off, water is a major issue with PRK, as it basically comes from other states. AND, so does the majority of thier electricity. And did you say NUCLEAR? From a state that has more faults than a lying/cheating politician... lol
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