FARGO, N.D., April 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After two consecutive years as the 'cleanest city in America' by the American Lung Association's annual "State of the Air Report" on air pollution, Fargo lost its title this year to Honolulu, Hawaii and Santa Fe, New Mexico. It's not all bad news for North Dakota. Its grades for the eight counties with air quality monitors was again very good – all "A" marks for ozone and particulate pollution, with the exception of two "B" grades for particulate pollution in Burleigh and Cass counties. Bismarck was ranked 11th cleanest city for year-round particle pollution, and also made the list for cleanest cities for ozone.
"If we want Fargo-Moorhead to regain its 'cleanest city in America' title again, we should recognize the pollution we are putting into our air every day, and do what we can do to reduce it," said Joseph Roberson-Kitzman of the American Lung Association in North Dakota's Clean Air Choice program. "We could, for example, use cleaner fuels like E85 ethanol and biodiesel whenever possible, and take a look toward cleaner and more efficient technologies in transportation, generating electricity, and heating and cooling our homes, workplaces and schools."
The American Lung Association in North Dakota and the Red River Valley Clean Cities Coalition are offering free workshops on diesel and biodiesel on April 22 in Grand Forks and on April 23 in Bismarck. For details or to register, contact Roberson-Kitzman at (701) 225-4143.
More information on biofuels, including where to find E85 and blender pumps in North Dakota, can be found at www.CleanairChoice.org. The complete American Lung Association State of the Air Report is available at www.stateoftheair.org.
SOURCE American Lung Association in North Dakota