National air quality report card gives Utah failing grades in 7 counties

This photo shows inversion over the Salt Lake Valley. Photo: Utah DEQ

UTAH, April 24, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — The American Lung Association has issued its annual report card, and given seven of Utah’s 29 counties failing grades.

Utah also got two C grades and three Bs. Seventeen other counties went ungraded due to incomplete data or no data collected.

But one Washington County city — St. George — made the Top 8 cleanest cities. That list, in alphabetical order, was:

  • Cape Coral-Fort Myers-Naples, Florida
  • Elmira-Corning, New York
  • Gainesville-Lake City, Florida
  • Grand Island, Nebraska
  • North Port-Sarasota, Florida
  • Pittsfield, Massachusetts
  • St. George, Utah
  • Syracuse-Auburn, New York

Utah report card

Data was not collected in Beaver, Daggett, Emery, Grand, Iron, Juab, Kane, Millard, Morgan, Piute, Rich, Sanpete, Sevier, Summit, Wasatch, Wayne counties. The report did not say why. Incomplete data collected in Garfield County also meant it did not get a grade.

Here is the rest of the report card results:

Grade B air quality counties: Cache, Carbon, San Juan

Grade C: Box Elder, Washington

And failing with grade F: Davis, Duchesne, Salt Lake, Tooele, Uintah, Utah, Weber

To peruse the report for a more complete picture of air quality in Utah and across the nation, click here.

Source: American Lung Association


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