Salt Lake-Davis-Weber air 6th worst in nation

Apr 25 2013 - 2:59pm

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FILE - This Jan. 12, 2010 file photo shows smog and haze hovering over Salt Lake City. Utah's plans to reduce air pollution turned out to be nearly as bad as the air itself. The state's Air Quality Board has scrapped pollution-fighting plans it deemed inadequate and start over with a new effort that will likely produce tougher regulations for a northern Utah urban corridor anchored by Salt Lake City.  (AP Photo/ Deseret News, Brian Nicholson, File)
FILE - This Jan. 12, 2010 file photo shows smog and haze hovering over Salt Lake City. Utah's plans to reduce air pollution turned out to be nearly as bad as the air itself. The state's Air Quality Board has scrapped pollution-fighting plans it deemed inadequate and start over with a new effort that will likely produce tougher regulations for a northern Utah urban corridor anchored by Salt Lake City.  (AP Photo/ Deseret News, Brian Nicholson, File)

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah's most populous cities have flunked a national air quality exam. Even so, they're faring better today than a decade ago.

That's according to the American Lung Association, which released its report on 2012 air quality this week.

Nearly one in three Utah residents stand to have worse health due to high levels of pollution, the report finds. That's the proportion of Utah residents who are younger than 18, older than 65 or have asthma or heart disease.

Two spots in Utah are among the nation's most polluted, the report shows. The corridor from Salt Lake County to Weber County ranks the sixth worst in the nation for come-and-go pollution. Cache Valley ranks 10th.

Nationally, the report says, things are looking up. Most American communities are reducing pollution.

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