INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (ADAMS) – A new report says air quality varies greatly throughout the Hoosier state. Paul Billings from the American Lung Association says this is mostly because of wind and nearby metropolitan areas.
The State of the Air report found that over 140 million Americans live in counties with unhealthy levels of ozone or particle pollution from 2015 to 2017. That puts more than four in ten people in the U.S. at an increased risk of serious health effects like lung cancer, asthma attacks or heart disease. Hendricks, Johnson and Madison counties received A grades for little ozone pollution.
Bartholomew, Dubois, Hamilton and Madison counties got A’s for low particle pollution. While Clark county was given an F for ozone pollution, it received an A for particle pollution. The report says Marion, Porter, and St. Joseph counties are among the Indiana regions with the highest air pollutants.