How is this even possible?!?
When we think of Salt Lake City, Utah, we automatically picture snow capped mountains and greenery, but according to reports, the city has the WORST air quality in the nation throughout January.
During the first month of the year, the Salt Lake region gets smothered by an icy fog, which gets trapped in the mountain valleys, and as a result, causes a whole mess of grime to just linger.
It was announced that the city currently has 130 micrograms of soot per cubic meter, but luckily for Salt Lake residents, it'll eventually go away!!
Want more deets on this nastiness?!? Peep the video (above)!
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Good news! The U.S. Clean Air Act is working!
The "State of the Air 2011" report from the American Lung Association concluded that the air in the nation's 25 smoggiest cities has improved over the last year.
Lung Association President, Charles Connor, said in a statement:
"The progress the nation has made cleaning up coal-fired power plants, diesel emissions and other pollution sources has drastically cut dangerous pollution from the air we breathe."
While it looks like the air is getting cleaner, the report unfortunately still found 154.4 million people (over half the nation's population) live in areas where the air is filled with dangerous levels of ozone and particle pollution.
Yikes! That's not good!
The two cleanest cities were found to be Honolulu, Hawaii and Santa Fe, New Mexico. The most polluted was, you guessed it, El Lay, baby! Ha!
[Image via AP Images.]
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