Bangor Among Cleanest U.S. Cities for Air Quality

BANGOR - A new report shows that Bangor is one of the cleanest cities for air quality.

The American Lung Association released its 15th annual State of the Air report today, which ranks the Queen City as one of the four cleanest cities in the country.

Officials say the report looks at the two most widespread types of pollution: ozone, which is smog... and particle matter which comes from tailpipes, smokestacks, and wood fires.

While Penobscot County received a grade of "A" on the association's report card,  Portland and surrounding towns did not rank as well, showing Southern Maine continues to experience unhealthy levels of air pollution.

Erin Thomas


Erin joined the ABC-7 and FOX Bangor news team in February 2012. She was born and raised in Presque Isle, Maine where she attended Presque Isle High School.  While in college Erin interned in the WVII news room before working as a Production Assistant.  In May of 2012, Erin received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Maine, along with a minor in Anthropology.  When she's not out covering local news, Erin enjoys running, skiing, visiting with family and friends, and traveling around this beautiful state.  She is especially interested in outdoor adventure so if you have a story idea, send it her way!

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