Report shows air quality in MA has worsened

Well, well, well--you don't say.

Between the massive traffic being exacerbated by the mess that is the T and the commuter rail and the rush to add as much polluting gas infrastructure as possible, we don't think Gov. Baker is doing us any favors. The "Environmental Governor?" We think not.

Excerpt from The Boston Globe - Massachusetts’ air quality has worsened, report says

“Massachusetts’ air quality has worsened over the past couple of years, according to a new report released Wednesday.

“Massachusetts residents should be aware that we’re breathing unhealthy air, driven by emissions from power plants and extreme heat as a result of climate change, placing our health and lives at risk,” Elizabeth Hamlin-Berninger, American Lung Association director of advocacy in Massachusetts, said in a statement.

The 2019 “State of the Air” report, released by the ALA, found that Barnstable, Bristol, Hampden, and Hampshire counties all received F’s for their amount of bad ozone level days. Dukes, Plymouth, Suffolk, and Worcester counties all received C’s and D’s, lower grades than last year.

A total of 97 bad ozone days — either unhealthy for sensitive groups or unhealthy for everyone — were recorded around the state over the three-year period ending in 2017. That was higher than the 59 days found in the three-year period ending in 2016.

As temperatures rise, ozone is more likely to form and becomes harder to clean up, the report stated.”