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Report: 2M Mass. Residents Face Poor Air Quality


BOSTON (AP) — Nearly two million Massachusetts residents live in counties with failing or near-failing air quality.

That’s one of the findings of a new report on ozone levels by the American Lung Association which assigns letter grades to counties.

The report found that of the 12 Massachusetts counties with air pollution monitors, three — Barnstable, Hampden and Norfolk — improved one letter grade for ozone pollution.

Essex county jumped two grades from an “F” to a “C.”

Four counties — Hampshire, Worcester, Bristol and Dukes — received an “F.”

That’s actually an improvement from the 2012 report, which gave six Massachusetts counties a failing grade.

President the American Lung Association of the Northeast Jeff Seyler said that while the air quality in Massachusetts has improved, the report card isn’t good enough to brag about.