Report: Reno Gets Passing Grade For Air Quality, Vegas Mixed Grade

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The Reno area's air quality received a passing grade, while Las Vegas' air quality got mixed marks, according to a
report issued by the American Lung Association.

Reno and Las Vegas both received a C for particle matter pollution or soot. But Las Vegas flunked for ozone pollution problems, while Reno got an A in the category, the report found.

Particle matter pollution, which typically comes from dust stirred by wind or construction activity, has been linked to respiratory problems, heart attacks and lung cancer.

"We're in the high desert," said Tracey Douglas, spokeswoman for the Washoe District Health Department. "We're certainly going to get dust."

The rankings were based on ozone pollution levels produced when
heat and sunlight come into contact with pollutants from power plants, cars, refineries and other sources.

The lung association also studied particle pollution levels emitted from these sources, which are made up of a mix of tiny solid and liquid particles in the air.
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Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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