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Health Indicator Report of Air Quality - Ozone Level

According to the published literature, air pollution has been associated with premature death; increased rates of hospitalization for respiratory and cardiovascular conditions; adverse birth outcomes; and lung cancer (Cannon 1990, Dockery and Pope 1994, Schwartz 1999). Air pollution places a large economic burden on the country. In a report prepared for the American Lung Association, Cannon (1990) estimated that air pollution related illness costs approximately $100 billion dollars (1988 dollars) each year in the United States, with an estimated number of excess deaths ranging from 50,000 to 100,000 per year (Dockery and Pope 1994). More than half of the U.S. population, approximately 159 million Americans, live in counties with unhealthy levels of air pollution in the form of either ozone or particulate matter (American Lung Association 2004).

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In the Data Table, double asterisks (**) designates missing data. The reason for the missing data will be indicated in the same row of the table. - "Insufficient Data" means monitors were not running for at least 75% of the time for that year. - "Data Not Available" means either there was no monitoring equipment in the area, or the monitoring equipment was not operating.

Data Source

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Air Quality System Monitoring Data, State Air Monitoring Data.


Annual number of days or Person-days with maximum 8-hour average ozone concentration over the National Ambient Air Quality Standard


Annual Number of Days Exceeding Ozone Standard


Not applicable

Other Objectives

CDC Environmental Public Health Tracking, Nationally Consistent Data and Measures (EPHT NCDM)
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