By Bob Bonner | April 22, 2021 at 5:47 AM EDT – Updated April 22 at 8:24 AM
WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – According to a report by the American Lung Association, Wilmington has the fourth-best air quality in the United States.
The State of the Air report uses the most recent air pollution data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that tracks the two most widespread types of pollution—ozone, which would be smog, and particle pollution which tracks soot.
Honolulu, Hawaii topped the list. At 21st, Asheville was the only other North Carolina city to crack the top-25.
The report also shows that a little more than 40 percent or 135 million Americans breathe polluted air. This is 14.8 million fewer people breathing unhealthy air compared to last year’s report. People of color are over three times more likely to be breathing the most polluted air than white people.
For our five-county viewing area (Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, Pender) data was only collected by the American Lung Association for New Hanover County.
Bakersfield, California has the worst air according to the study – in fact, the top-four cities in the worst air quality category are in California.
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