Fairfield County is the 19th most ozone-polluted county in the country, according to the American Lung Association (ALA)’s 2015 State of the Air Report.
Data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Air Quality System was used for the report to look at levels of ozone and particle pollution across the United States in 2011, 2012 and 2013. A report issued in 2014 covered the years 2010, 2011 and 2012.
In a June 11 letter to the editor, American Lung Association of the Northeast Board Chair Elect Jonathon Rosen said he was “distressed” by this year’s report, which showed that his home area of Fairfield County “still has the worst air pollution in the entire Northeast.”
After losing his father to emphysema, Rosen explained in his letter, he was prompted to become involved with the association 34 years ago and advocate for policies that protect people “who have a hard enough time breathing on their own without obstacles like avoidable air pollution and secondhand tobacco smoke.”
In the United States, nearly 135.8 million people — approximately 44% of the population — live in counties that have “unhealthful levels of either ozone or particle pollution,” according to the report.