South Florida, especially Broward, gets good grades for air quality

Take a deep breath, Broward County. The air quality in your backyard gets strong marks by American Lung Association standards.

Palm Beach County did not do as well, but officials said their performance was still “pretty good.”

In its 2013 State of the Air report, tapping federal air quality data from 2009 to 2011, the organization ranked the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach area as 25th in the nation among the “cleanest metropolitan areas in the country” for annual particle pollution, tying with two other Florida areas: Lakeland and Orlando. Only 27 highly populated areas made the list.

Every year for the past 14 years, the American Lung Association has analyzed three consecutive years of data from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency air-quality monitors to compile its annual report card in an effort to raise public awareness on pollution.

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