This doesn't sound good. But if Madison is one of the worst in the country why does it rank 24th? Are there only 25 to 30 places ranked? Also, what is the cause of the bad air?http://www.channel3000.com/news/27687183/detail.html
Madison's Air Gets Bad Grades For Particle Pollution
"The American Lung Association said the Madison area is one of the worst places in the country for particle pollution in the air. The group released a new study about air pollution levels Wednesday morning. The study shows that the Madison area, including areas around Baraboo and the Wisconsin Dells, rank 24th nationwide in the amount of particle pollution, or soot, in the air. According to the report, particle levels can spike dangerously for hours to weeks on end.When you breathe these very small particles, you are inhaling a noxious mix of chemicals, metals, acid aerosols, ash, soot and others from diesel exhaust and other sources. It can lead to early death, asthma exacerbations, heart attacks, strokes and emergency room visits in substantial numbers,” said Dr. Todd Mahr, pediatric allergist at Gunderson Lutheran Health System..."
Here are the bottom 10 rankings and Madison isn't listed:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases ... 63919.html
Here is the ALA site: http://www.stateoftheair.org/
and the Wis county rankings:http://www.stateoftheair.org/2011/states/wisconsin/