Cache gets an ‘F’ for air quality, American Lung Association says

Cache County received failing grades in a “State of the Air” report released this week by a national organization.The American Lung Association released its 2010 report Wednesday, and Cache County joined Weber, Utah and Salt Lake counties by receiving “F” grades in the particle pollution category of the assessment.Cache County also received a “C” grade in the category of high ozone days.The ALA also released a ranking of the 25 worst cities with short-term particle pollution. Logan came in No. 18 on that list, tied with the Washington-Baltimore-Northern Virginia metropolitan area and New York-Newark-Bridgeport. In the short-term particle pollution list, Provo-Orem was No. 13 and Salt Lake City-Ogden-CLearfield was No. 7. Bakersfield, Calif., topped the short-term pollution list. No Utah cities made the list of worst cities for year-round particle pollution.The geography of Utah’s valleys, including Cache Valley, create unique air quality circumstances each winter, and Logan in recent years has been chided for poor air quality. During the summer, however, Logan has been lauded for having some of the cleanest air in the country.

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