Charleston Air Quality Improves
The American Lung Association has removed the Charleston area from its list of the 25 worst U.S. metropolitan areas for year-round particle pollution. The association's annual State of the Air report released Wednesday shows the five-county area's short-term particle pollution levels dropped significantly since the 2012 report. The Charleston area ranked 17th worst in the nation last year for year-round particle pollution. The association also examined ozone levels. It found that Kanawha County had a total of eight days of high ozone levels, three more than in the previous report. But American Lung Association Mid-Atlantic CEO Deb Brown says Charleston's area quality is cleaner than when the first State of the Air report was released 14 years ago.