Reporting: Rabbit Zielke
The annual State of the Air Report published by the American Lung Association gives Hamilton County Tennessee a grade of F. The report measures particulate pollution and ozone levels over the span of one year. Hamilton County received a C for particulate pollution which leaves the major contributor to the failing grade based on the ozone levels. Combustion engine emissions, solvents, paints, cleaning materials and other chemicals combine with sunlight to generate ground level ozone. High levels of ozone is harmful to lungs and can be dangerous for individuals with asthma, COPD, and other lung disorders.
The Air Pollution Control Bureau publishes a daily Air Quality Report for Hamilton County that provides information on the threat level of air quality, levels of particulates, and types of pollen measured in the local environment.
Air quality is an important concern for people with asthma, especially in the summer months. Reported incidence of pediatric asthma are increasing. The Chattanooga Chapter of the American Lung Association will be offing free asthma screenings at the Chattanooga Lookouts game on Sunday, May 15th. The free screenings will be available just outside the gate. Attendance at the game is not required to participate in the free screening. If you want to combine the asthma screening with an afternoon of baseball, bring canned food to contribute to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank and receive a discount on tickets to the Lookouts.
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