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Breath-taking

Premature Mortality Due to Particulate Air Pollution in 239 American Cities


This material is from the May 1996 report from the Natural Resources Defense Council, by Deborah Sheiman Shprentz. See also the addendum.


New York Wisconsin Iowa
Kansas North Carolina Wyoming

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Guide to Mortality and Pollution Tables

The Breath-taking report estimates that approximately 64,000 premature deaths from cardiopulmonary causes may be attributable to particulate air pollution each year. The tables listed below detail those findings.


Top 50 Metropolitan Statistical Areas

These tables consider MSA's ranked by average annual mean PM-10 concentration, by number of premature deaths attributable to particulate air pollution, and by number of premature deaths per 100,000 population attributable to particulate air pollution. Each table identifies the top 50 MSA's of the 239 MSA's for which we have data.


Top 50 Hot Spots in Metropolitan Statistical Areas

These tables consider individual monitoring stations within MSA's ranked by annual average and 24-hour PM-10 concentration. Each table identifies the top 50 monitoring stations of the 943 stations for which data were available.


Particulate Air Pollution Attributable Mortality

These tables show PM-10 concentration and NRDC's estimate of air pollution attributable deaths within Metropolitan Statistical Areas in each state.

Alabama Kentucky North Dakota
Alaska Louisiana Ohio
Arizona Maine Oklahoma
Arkansas Maryland Oregon
California Massachusetts Pennsylvania
Colorado Michigan Rhode Island
Connecticut Minnesota South Carolina
Delaware Mississippi South Dakota
District of Columbia Missouri Tennessee
Florida Montana Texas
Georgia Nebraska Utah
Hawaii Nevada Vermont
Idaho New Hampshire Virginia
Illinois New Jersey Washington
Indiana New Mexico West Virginia

last revised 5/1/1996

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