Report: Pa. air quality improving in some areas

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The American Lung Association says that air quality in parts of Pennsylvania is getting better, but there’s still plenty of room for improvement.

The State of the Air report issued Wednesday found that the Pittsburgh-New Castle area was the 8th worst in the nation in terms of year-round particle pollution, or soot. The Philadelphia-Camden-Vineland area in parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland was 11th worst in soot, and Allentown-Bethlehem was 14th worst.

But the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia soot readings were still the lowest ever for those areas, while readings in Allentown were higher.

Pittsburgh and Philadelphia also fared better in national ozone rankings, and the group said that in general air quality nationwide continues to improve because of transitions to cleaner fuels.

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