Report: Charlotte smog is a problem

CHARLOTTE – State environmental groups Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center and Clean Air Carolina released a report last month ranking Charlotte as the 17th most smog-filled city in the nation.
For 2010, there were 17 days in which city smog levels were high enough to be considered unhealthy. The worst offender on the list, Riverside-San Bernadino, Calif., reported 110 unhealthy days.
The report, “Danger in the Air: Unhealthy Air Days,” also indicated that smog levels have risen during 2011. As of Aug. 21, the city has already tallied 21 smoggy days ranking eighth in the nation.
Charlotte-area physician Jessica Saxe joined officials with both organizations to present the report’s findings, citing dangers to childhood health as an important reason to improve smog levels.
“Air pollution is considered to cause 100,000 asthma attacks and 300,000 missed school days (for) children in North Carolina each year,” Saxe said.

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