to the American Lung As...
to the American Lung Association report, nearly half of the Americans reside in
regions where pollution of air is extremely high. Even though the air is a lot
cleaner than it was 10 years back, the report realized that the quality of air
was worse between years 2010 and 2012. The top five communities, which have the
worst pollution of air, are found in the state of California. Los Angeles state
has the highest levels of ozone, whereas Fresno- Madera has the highest amount
of particle pollution. Over 140 million U.S. residents reside regions with high
ozone levels. In return, they are at high risk of air- borne conditions such as
asthma, future cardiovascular issues, breathing difficulties and premature
death (Roppolo, 2014).
The effects of air pollution the health
of people and environment
pollution brings about health conditions such as asthma attacks, premature
deaths, and cardiovascular diseases. According to EPA 2015 report, Detroit
city, which is found in Michigan, had 161 days of dirty air, and this increased
the risks of lung and heart diseases (Williams, 2014). The mercury pollution
from industrial sources that is released into the air has contaminated the
Great Lakes. Mercury poisoning can bring about seizures, mental retardation,
and blindness. Air pollution is costly to families. An individual suffering
from asthma may spend approximately $234 per visit. In the year 2010, there
were 841 casualties who were suffering from coal- related asthma attacks, and
200,000 dollars was spent on treatment (Wyant and Synder, n.d).
Causes of air pollution
State has high levels of toxic air pollution, which are emitted from the coal
power plants. In this regard, it is position seven on the list of states that
have high levels of air pollution originating from toxic. According to ‘Natural Resources Defense Council,’
coal power plants in the year 2009, produced over 15.5 million pounds of dangerous
chemicals, which was 5% of the total amount of toxins produced by power plants
in America. Burning of waste especially in Detroit has also contributed to the
increased level of air pollution. Exhaust fumes from vehicles and the transfer
of toxins from water to air are other sources of air pollution (CBS Detroit,
Ways to clean up and or prevent air
State has endorsed comprehensive rules for controlling toxic air pollution.
According to the rules, all the new industrial plants and the existing ones
seeking to alter their facilities must acquire air permit. In response to the
rules, the sources of air pollution are supposed to assess and utilize the best
economically viable and technologically advanced controls of air pollution. The
“federal Clean Air Act” has vital provisions meant to control the air
contaminants. It also entails the regulation of 189 poisonous chemicals (Wyant
and Synder, n.d).