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Sumner County Gets 'F' For Ozone Levels

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by Adam Ghassemi

GALLATIN, Tenn.  – The American Lung Association has a new nationwide study, which shows Middle Tennessee air quality grades vary wildly from county to county.

There is no escaping it. The air, especially in Sumner County, could be a lot worse for your health than anywhere else in the mid-state.

According to the American Lung Association's State of the Air counties in the Nashville area receive the following grade for ozone levels:

Davidson County - C
Williamson County - C
Rutherford County - B
Wilson County - C
Sumner County - F

That could be tied to TVA's coal-burning Gallatin Fossil Plant. Despite efforts to cut back on pollution smoke stack scrubbers and other reduction systems won't be in place here until the end of 2017. That means the air between now and then may not get any better.

"We feel like once that's completed then it's going to help air quality here in Sumner County dramatically," said Sumner County Executive Anthony Holt.

People can do little things to help curb the problem, according to the American Lung Association in Tennessee Advocacy Director Ellen Kershaw.

People can drive less, and don't idle. Kershaw also said people who don't like their county's grade should contact their elected officials.


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