New report highlights poor air quality in Oregon

Celeste Meiffren-Swango, state director for Environment Oregon Research and Policy Center, (left) and Melissa Weddle, a pediatrician with Oregon Health & Science University, discuss a new report on air quality in Oregon on Portland's waterfront Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (KATU Photo)

Climatologists are raising the alarm about poor air quality across Oregon.

The Environment Oregon Research and Policy Center released a new report Wednesday.

It found the greater Portland area had the most “poor air quality” days in the state in 2016. Around 2.4 million people spent 37 days experiencing polluted air.

It affected certain communities more than others.

"In particular, children who are living in poverty and are likely to live closer to roads where there are high levels of traffic are at particularly high risk," said Melissa Weddle, a pediatrician with Oregon Health & Science University.

Celeste Meiffren-Swango, state director for Environment Oregon Research and Policy Center, said regularly breathing polluted air can cause a whole host of health problems like asthma attacks and premature death.

The report also says the biggest cause of pollution is burning fossil fuels followed by wildfires.

Burning diesel was especially a problem for our area.

Portland was nowhere near the worst in the nation for air quality. That title goes to Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Atlanta.

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