America's most polluted cities

The top 10 most polluted cities in the U.S.
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Oct 10, 2012 11:29AM
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I wish to thank the Republicans who continue to vote for unregulated industrial discharge into our air and water. So what if you shorten your life span by years, have cancer rates up to nine times higher than other cities, have increased lung disease, ingest mercury with your morning cup of coffee, endure acid rain, and a country that has  thousands of miles of fresh water streams and lakes that are so polluted there is no life in them, and a growing DEAD zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Just as long as corporate America can make larger profits at the expense of our country and the health of its citizens, REPUBLICANS ARE HAPPY!
Oct 10, 2012 11:12AM
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This listing is almost meaningless! It is based on one factor - PM2.5, Particular Matter measuring 2.5 microns across or less -  very small dust or dirt particles. There are a number of more important factors to our health - cancer-causing chemicals in a city's drinking water is one.

 

Contaminated industrial sites which cities and EPA have knowingly covered up can be a source of dangerous gases escaping above ground for years. New Jersey's Meadowlands is an example. A New York Football Giants running back - this is like in the 1960's - practicing and playing there developed cancer. Some of these sites are conveniently made 'good' by naming them 'brownfield' redevelopment sites.

 

The source of the PM2.5 data for rating the polluted cities is EPA. They have a record of lies that makes the many told by Obama look extremely small.

Oct 10, 2012 11:11AM
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Hanford, Visalia, Fresno and all other cities in that part of California all sit in the San Joaquin Valley.  The valley is surrounded by mountains on all sides which allows for little air circulation and during hot months, creates what's called an inversion layer.  A persistent layer of polluted air that has nowhere to go.  It's not that the cities themselves are particularly "dirty" but when the air has nowhere to go, the pollution levels build up quickly and gives all of those cities in the mid to southern half of the valley a bad rap.  Los Angeles does have a reputation that is likely earned but they too sit in an area called the "L A basin", which is quite similar and concentrates pollution.  Go ahead and take any one of the cities listed in the top ten for "clean" cities, put them into a bowl, basin or valley and watch them go from the top ten to the bottom ten quite quickly.
Oct 10, 2012 10:58AM
Oct 10, 2012 10:58AM
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New Jersey has to be on the list. That state is anything but clean.
Oct 10, 2012 10:29AM
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Los Angeles, California is only three? Where grunion used to run in Long Beach now thousands of little rubber balls wash ashore. They come from L.A. Gutters that dump into the flood control during the rain. They call it the LA River. It dumps into the LA Harbor with little circulation since the expansion of the harbor. They do have street sweepers, tractors for beaches, Gutter cleaners and sewage process plants that dump into the ocean. Better know the area, where you swim, where you visit and wear sun block. It used to be one of the prettiest places in the world. Just too many people in a large area that created too much pollution, trash & sewage. San Francisco & Seattle have big natural harbors that have good ocean currents & winds. LA Harbor is man made without much concern for the environment on land or in the ocean. Nuclear power plants to the north & south of the area could go bad. One has problems already and that counts as pollution too. 
Oct 10, 2012 10:19AM
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How about New York City where you are never more than 10 feet from a rat or a cockroach.
Oct 10, 2012 10:15AM
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The only reason Pittsburgh is on the list is the EPA has their air monitors set up next to the largest coke plant in the United Stated 15 miles or so from Downtown.  Look at the picture of Pittsburgh.  Doesn't look poluted to me?

Oct 10, 2012 9:59AM
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People are the only reason for all the pollution, 40% of all trips here in the us are 2 miles or less and 95% of all those trips are done by car, especially here in LA. Yep, you people are LAZY!.
Oct 10, 2012 9:37AM
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Say what you want about California, I'm mostly indifferent, but I want to point out that those of you bashing them for green rules and being hippies ect and having 5 of the most polluted cities, did you even stop to think why they are enacting those rules??? Hmmm....

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