American Lung Association: Air pollution worsens in Harrisburg-York-Lebanon metro area | PennLive.com
PennLive.com reports in the “State of the Air 2015” the fine particle pollution in the Pennsylvania capitol metro area is 12th worst in the United States and was 33rd worst in the annual report released last year. photo credit Christian Alexandersen
The six-county area around Harrisburg, York and Lebanon is ranked as the 12th worst for year-round fine particle pollution in the country — a jump of 21 spots, according to a new report. The American Lung Association recently released its “State of the Air 2015” report, which uses air pollution data from 2011 to 2013 to identify and rank jurisdictions based on air pollution. The Harrisburg-York-Lebanon metropolitan area was ranked 33rd in last year’s report.
The metropolitan area includes Dauphin, Cumberland, York, Perry, Lebanon and Adams Counties. Kevin M. Stewart, director of environmental health for the American Lung Association in the region, said the air in the metro area is particularly bad due to a couple of reasons.
The first reason for the poor air quality is because of the amount of activity that goes on here. Stewart said there are a number of commuters and industries that release pollution into the air. Approximately 1.2 million people live in the metro area, he said.
The second reason is because of the area’s location near other pollution sources. Stewart said winds bring pollution from Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Winds also bring in pollution from fossil-fuel burning power plants from other surrounding jurisdictions.
“The air that we’re getting isn’t clean to begin with,” Stewart said.