Teleconference: American Lung Association's 2010 State of the Air Report to be Released

Monday, April 26, 2010 General News J E 4

Dangerous Air Pollution Across the State Puts Californians' Health at Risk

LOS ANGELES, April 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Lung Association in California will release the American Lung Association's 2010 State of the Air Report that grades the air quality in counties throughout the state of California, the other 49 other states and the District of Columbia.

WHO: Janice Nolen, Assistant Vice President, National Policy and Advocacy, American Lung Association

Bonnie Holmes-Gen, Senior Policy Director, American Lung Association in California

Trisha Murakawa, Board of Directors Chair, American Lung Association in California

Dr. Steven Maxwell, Thoracic Surgeon from Mercy San Juan & ALAC volunteer

Larry Greene, Executive Director/APCO/Sacramento Metro Air Quality Management District

WHERE: Embargoed teleconference. To register, please contact Maria Bernabe at

WHAT: The report grades the quality of air people are breathing by looking at the levels of ozone and particle air pollution in each county. The American Lung Association graded 50 of the 58 California counties based on data collected in 2006, 2007, and 2008 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Air Quality System (AQS). The report ranks cities and counties based on their scores.

WHEN: April 27, 2010, 12:30 p.m.

Since the American Lung Association began reporting on air quality eleven years ago, California has made tremendous progress in improving the state's air quality. Yet, the health of over 90 percent of Californians continues to be at risk from exposure to the dangerous air pollution they breathe every day.

Californians can help make real change to improve the quality of air in their communities. There are many things individuals, communities and state agencies and elected officials can do to help reduce air pollution and make California a healthier place to live in.

The full report, regional analysis, fact sheets and other media materials will be made available at on April 28 at 9:30 a.m. Interested media can also schedule interviews with local experts.

SOURCE American Lung Association in California


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