WAVE 3 Editorial – August 23, 2012: Air Quality - wave3.com-Louisville News, Weather & Sports

WAVE 3 Editorial – August 23, 2012: Air Quality

By Ken Selvaggi
WAVE 3 Vice President and General Manager

Good luck breathing – another air quality alert.

That's become a fairly common warning for area residents this summer.

It's already happened twice this week.

Bad hair days have been replaced with bad air days.

They are days when ozone exceeds the national health standard.

They are also days when the air quality index doesn't measure up to the national health standard.

Both metrics have exceeded 20 days this year – with more than a third of the year left -  and both were 20 or more last year as well.

When nearly a month or maybe more of an entire year children and the elderly, and those with respiratory problems, are advised to stay indoors, it doesn't matter how many parks you have and how nice they are – it may become a deterrent in attracting people to come live here.

Louisville made the top 10 list this year of The American Lung Association's "Most Polluted Cities."

Certainly, weather plays a big factor, and having the second hottest month ever for Louisville in July didn't help.

But extreme weather seems to be the new normal now so finding ways to help the air stay cleaner should move up on the list of problems to tackle now before we actually do start losing people from the largest city in the Commonwealth. 

Copyright 2012 WAVE News. All rights reserved.

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