Metro Baltimore near worst on bad air days
On a list of 252 locations in 40 states, ranked nationally by the number of Code Orange Air Quality days so far this year, the Baltimore Metropolitan area comes in with a dismal rank of 17. Only Atlanta, Ga. and 15 places in California did worse. Code Orange means that air pollution levels are considered dangerous for children and other sensitive groups.
The list, compiled by the Natural Resources Defense Council from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data, has East San Bernardino, Calif., as the worst, with 54 Code Orange days between Jan. 1 and Aug. 8 this year.
Atlanta has tallied 28 Code Orange days so far, placing the city in 12th place. Metro Baltimore posted 24 Code Orange days, earning a rank of 17. Houston-Galveston, Texas, with all their petroleum emissions, did a little better, finishing 18th, with 22 Code Orange days. Metro Washington had 20 Code Orange days, and ranked 24th.
Maryland's Eastern Shore ranked 43, with 14 Code Orange days. Western Maryland finished in 142nd place, with 4 Code Orange days.
The best showing on the list was from Woodland, Calif. Woodland actually tied with 52 other locations reporting just one Code Orange day. But it comes last on the list because its name falls at the end of the alphabet.