Dirty Air Lurking In The Rogue Valley

, Posted: Wed, April 25 2012 at 11:07 PM, Updated: Wed, April 25 2012 at 11:32 PM

Dirty air lurking in the Rogue Valley. The American Lung Association just released its latest "State of the Air" report card today giving Jackson County's air an "F" for failure.

The American Lung Association conducted a nationwide air quality survey indicating that 40% of people in the nation are living with dangerous, polluted air, even right here at home.

Jackson, Klamath, Lake and Lane Counties all got a failing grade for short-term particulates in the air.

That means soot from wood-burning stoves and fireplaces during winter months with weather inversions.

Experts say those who live in areas with dangerous levels of ozone or particle pollution can suffer from wheezing and coughing, asthma attacks, heart attacks, and premature death.

"I think it's bad. There's a lot of elderly here. I'm outside a lot with my little niece. I don't want to take her out if the air gets an F in Medford" says Shenae Maldonado

Those who are at a higher risk living in dirty air areas: those with asthma or COPD, infants, the elderly and those who work outdoors.

The association suggests cutting back further on wood and other material burning.

The city with the cleanest air: Santa Fe, New Mexico.

For more information on the survey you can visit their website below.

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