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El Paso air pollution days second-highest in state, threaten public health


A smoky haze hovers over El Paso,TX and Juarez on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, on Scenic Drive.

The El Paso area had 126 days of elevated air pollution in 2020, the second most in Texas, according to a new report from Environment Texas Research & Policy Center, Frontier Group and TexPIRG Education Fund.

The report’s findings means that El Pasoans were breathing air with elevated levels of pollution on one out of every three days last year.

“Even one day of breathing in polluted air has negative consequences for our health,” said Luke Metzger, Executive Director of Environment Texas, based in Austin. “One hundred and twenty six days is unacceptable and we need to do more to deliver cleaner air for our communities.” 

The report measured days with elevated levels of small particulate matter and elevated ozone. The El Paso area had 78 days with elevated small particulate matter and 68 days of elevated ozone. In total, the city had 126 days with either elevated ozone, particulate matter, or both. 



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