Report: Fresno, Valley rank No. 1 in U.S. for polluted air – receives failing ‘F’ grades

Fresno and surrounding central San Joaquin Valley cities are at the top of a U.S. ranking for being the most polluted American cities, according to an annual report released Tuesday night by the American Lung Association.

California counties in the Valley region to receive a failing “F” grade in the State of the Air 2019 report include Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced and Tulare.

Will Barrett, director of clean air advocacy for the American Lung Association in California, said during a Tuesday news conference that progress has been slower in the Valley than other parts of the state in addressing air pollution.

John Balmes, a UC San Francisco professor and member of the California Air Resources Board, said Valley residents need to keep San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District board members’ “feet to the fire” to mitigate air pollution issues.

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Report: Fresno, Valley, ranks No. 1 in U.S. for polluted air – receives failing ‘F’ grades, by Carmen George, The Fresno Bee, April 23, 2019.

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