Fred BodimerBy Fred Bodimer

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The St. Louis area is the 13th most polluted city for ozone, according to the annual American Lung Association’s State of the Air report.

“St. Louis has an air pollution problem, our air quality is not great,” says Susannah Fuchs with the local office of the American Lung Association.

The latest report shows Grades of F for ozone levels in St. Louis City and County, St. Charles, Jefferson, St. Clair and Madison counties.

“We’ve got a really high asthma prevalence rate here in the metro area, and for people with asthma, especially children and the elderly, ozone pollution is a real problem,” Fuchs says. “It can make it worse. Some studies even show that pollution can cause asthma.”

Fuchs says we need to do a better job cleaning up power plants, continuing to strengthen ozone standards and cleaning up new wood burning devices.

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