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Richmond County Gets Worst Ozone Rating In The CSRA

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Rebecca Trussell of Augusta says, "A lot of the pollution is ruining a lot of stuff just imagine what you are breathing in right this moment."

What you are breathing in is a concentration of "ozone"-and when "ozone" is at ground-level it's considered unhealthy.

The American Lung Association rated Richmond County a "C" for ozone pollution in its 14th annual air quality report card.

The EPA has an Air Quality Index, measuring air pollution daily for all counties in the country.

Dr. Thomas Dillard, Professor at GRU says, "Routinely monitors particulates in the air, small particles and ground level ozone. Those are the two most common air pollutants that are considered to affect health in this area."

And on Tuesday the "AQI" was rated moderate health concern for a very small number of people that may experience respiratory symptoms.

That has some Augustans concerned about the air we breathe.

Mattie of Augusta says, "It's a lot of elder peoples out here they can not tolerate the pollution and stuff that goes on around Richmond County area and we need to get something done about it."

Another Augustan agrees that Augusta's "C" ozone rating is worrisome.

Darryl Grant of Augusta says, "Yes, it does 'cause chemicals can do a lot to your body. It can cause a lot of problems with your health as well."

Mattie from Augusta wants something done about it, she says, "You got more pollution with the traffic going backwards and forwards and we do need to do something about it."

But Rebecca Trussell just moved to Augusta and says she's seen worse.

"It isn't as bad as some places, but we don't want it to get to that point," said Trussell.

To get daily air pollution measurements go to www.airnow.gov.

 

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