Unhealthy Air Days In Major U.S. Cities Rose Over Past 2 Years: EPA

The number of unhealthy air days in major cities across the United States has risen sharply over the last two years, even as emissions of key pollutants continue to slip, according to data released by theEnvironmental Protection Agency on Wednesday.

The data comes as the administration of President DonaldTrump seeks to highlight major improvements in America’s air quality since the 1970s as proof the country can protect the environment and boost the economy at the same time.

Trump said in a White House speech last week his administration “has made it a top priority to ensure America”has the cleanest air and water.

“One of America’s great but untold environmental success stories is that we have made – and continue to make – great improvements in our air quality, thanks largely to state and federal implementation of the Clean Air Act and innovation in the private sector,” EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in a statement accompanying the release of its 2018 air trends report.

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