Latest EPA report ranks best, worst air quality by state

| 3/22/2006

The worst air quality in the country is in California and New York, according to a new report form the Environmental Protection Agency.

According to the report, which was based on the EPA’s National-Scale Air Toxics Assessment program, the two coastal states had the highest particulate levels of toxins in their air, including lead, benzene and several chemical solvents.

The study also found higher rates of cancer in the two states, according to analysis by The Associated Press, with New York having a slightly higher rate of cancer development in its residents.

On the opposite end of the pollution scale, Wyoming, South Dakota and Montana showed the least amount of dirty air quality.