- WEB EXCLUSIVE
- PE COFFEEHAUS
The cities of Houston, Augusta, Ga., Columbus, Ga., Greenville, S.C. and Fairmont, W.Va. were left off the agency's list of those required to take immediate action to reduce particle pollution in the air. The association also says the EPA left many individual counties off the list despite the impact of emissions from those counties on pollution in metropolitan areas.
The five cities omitted from the EPA’s list all showed unhealthy year-round levels of fine particulate matte. In its list, the association said, the EPA only identified counties and metropolitan areas that experience unhealthy spikes in particulate matter pollution over the course of a 24-hour period.