Pittsburgh Joins LA as US' Most Polluted

Steel City is first outside California to top Lung Association's annual list
By Laila Weir,  Newser User
Posted May 1, 2008 4:00 PM CDT
Los Angeles sits under a blanket of smog in this Jan. 14, 2000, file photo. LA tops two of three categories for most-polluted US city in a new report.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
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(Newser) – Pittsburgh has gone Hollywood—but not in a good way, Reuters reports. For the first time, a city outside California has topped one of three most-polluted lists in an annual “State of the Air” report, Pittsburgh ranked as the US city with the worst short-term particle pollution; Los Angeles ranked worst in the other two categories.

The report from the American Lung Association, released today, said that 42% of US residents live with unhealthy levels of air pollution. "We had seen some real improvement in a lot of areas in the first part of this century, but now we're seeing a leveling-off," said an association rep, who blamed more electricity use and driving.