Annual “State of the Air” report released; San Diego region ranked sixth worst in nation for ozone pollution

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The American Lung Association in California released our annual “State of the Air” report, which grades California counties on air quality, specifically looking at harmful ozone and particle pollution. In this year’s report, San Diego County received an F grade for ozone and C grade for particle pollution. The news release is below. The San Diego/Carlsbad metro region once again made the national top 10 list for worst air quality in the country when it comes to ozone.

More information about the county grades can be found at www.stateoftheair.org/california2018. Other key findings include:
• The San Diego/Carlsbad metro region ranked sixth worst in the nation for ozone pollution, our worst ranking in the last five years.
• The good news is that particle pollution in San Diego County continues to decrease, despite an uptick in the 2016 report.

The San Diego region is continuing to display leadership in the fight for clean air, especially in reducing fossil fuel use by utilities and consumers:
• 43% of San Diego’s electricity comes from renewable sources, among the highest levels in the nation among investor-owned utilities.
• The city of San Diego, and several smaller municipalities, have adopted strict Climate Action Plans to reduce fossil fuel use.
• The San Diego region is aggressively installing electric vehicle charging stations in residences and public areas, making it one of the nation’s leading areas for electric vehicle use.
• The American Lung Association sponsors the Plug in to Clean Air program to educate the community about electric vehicle use.
• The local utility offers the Power Your Drive program to assist multi-family housing complexes and commercial areas to install charging stations, and offers subsidies in low-income areas.
Additionally, the American Lung Association in California invites all San Diegans to join us in strongly supporting California’s climate leadership and effective vehicle pollution standards, and in opposing federal EPA attempts to delay, roll back and weaken air quality rules.

More information about the county grades can be found at www.stateoftheair.org/california2018

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