California has worst U.S. air pollution

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"Wilmington was the only city in the state to be featured on the cleanest cities list for year-round particle pollution, along with a few other cities", she said.

Lee County scored a B, while Collier scored an A, according to the ALA.

Bakersfield, California, number two for ozone pollution, also maintained its position as the city with the worst short-term particle pollution.Los Angeles:California has the most polluted cities in the United States, a report issued on Wednesday said, as President Donald Trump's administration seeks to force the state to weaken its vehicle emissions standards.

The report revealed 41% of USA citizens live in counties that have unhealthy levels of ozone or particle pollution, and also notes climate change is a huge driver of particle pollution, particularly in areas susceptible to wildfires.

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The American Lung Association released the latest data from air quality monitors set up in the Hudson Valley, and it's not good news.

Stockton was locked into a tie for 10th place for the worst year-round particulate pollution with Cleveland, Ohio - once famed for pollution so bad that the Cuyahoga River running through the community once caught fire from massive industrial runoff. Results in the city of St. Louis were similar with a "C" for ozone and an "F" for particle pollution.

And when ozone and particulate levels exceed their healthy ranges, the most susceptible to negative health effects are the most vulnerable among us, according to the report.

The unhealthy days do not represent that the source of the pollution originates in that specific county.

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More than 35 million Californians, 90 percent of the population, live in counties affected by unhealthy air during certain parts of the year, the report said.

"Federal and state policies like the Clean Air Act and strong California clean vehicle standards are working". However, the region did improve in both categories compared to last year's report, which saw its highest reported levels to date.

The findings come as the federal government - led by Trump's Environmental Protection Agency - has sought to slow programs aimed at addressing air pollution.

Outside of California, whose roughly 40 million residents make it the country's most populous state, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Denver, New York and Houston had the worst ozone pollution.

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But while the hot weather can be blamed for the uptick in ozone concentration, "if the pollution wasn't being put in the air" then the air quality would still be better, he said.

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