The American Lung Association released a report ranking Northwest Indiana as the 16th most polluted area in the nation. The report looked at high ozone days and particle pollution.
Noncancerous lung ailments are the third leading cause of death in the region. The top single cause of death within that category is COPD, a condition where people have difficulty breathing.
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case from Indiana and 11 other states arguing the Environmental Protection Agency's regulations on greenhouse gases are unlawful. The EPA has announced limits on the amount of carbon dioxide emissions coal- and natural gas-powered plants can release.
By redesigning air pollution standards, it's been made to look as if air quality in this area has been improving. Not enough has been done to stop the pollution, much less clean up the air, and probably won't until tighter controls are put in place.
- Carol Ring, Schererville