Once again clever energy expert Christopher Helman at Forbes.com has compiled a list of the top 20 dirtiest cities* in America — highlighting big towns with higher levels of ozone and air-borne particulates, and particularly nasty contaminated tap water — and once again Baltimore makes the unpleasant cut. But it’s not quite as bleak as last year…In 2011, Helman ranked us number 16, in a clogged cluster with D.C. and North Virginia. This year, we’re down to number 18 as a stand-alone spot.
“Baltimore’s long history of industrial production has polluted the Patapsco River and Chesapeake Bay with PCBs, arsenic, mercury and phosphorus from chicken processing plants. Coal power plants hurt air quality,” writes Helman.
Top filthiest cities for 2012: Fresno, CA, Bakersfield, CA, Philly, PA, Bridgeport, CT, Modesto, CA.
*Helman and his research team considered poor-air-and-water-quality-listed cities in the U.S. with a population of 500,000 or more — they analyzed EPA data and the American Lung Association’s annual State of the Air report…plus “other sources.”
So what are you doing to help us clean up our eco act, reader? Tell us any related thoughts below!
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