24th Annual State of the Air Report

For Immediate Release
Press Contacts: Bo Smith –  Bo.Smith@Lung.org ; MediaWest@Lung.org
April 19th 2023

American Lung Association’s 24th Annual State of the Air Report

Yesterday, the American Lung Association’s latest State of the Air Report was released. The State of the Air 2023 Report includes data from 2019, 2020, and 2021. Read the full report on New Mexico here . For the PDF version of the report, you can grab it from the American Lung Association.

Eddy County ranked as #19 most polluted county in the U.S. for ozone and is one of only two only rural counties among the top 25 in the US for ozone pollution. Eddy County has seen an increase in ozone days in each of the past five reports and earned an “F” grade.
– page 21

Albuquerque’s air quality has gotten worse since last year’s report, Albuquerque was named one of the top 25 worst cities in the nation for ozone pollution.
– page 40

Please note the F grades for ozone smog in Eddy, Lea and San Juan counties whose grades are related to oil and gas production.  In Bernalillo and Doña Ana transportation is more likely to be the driving factor for poor smog grades.

Here you can see Ozone trend data for select counties:

Additional press materials can be found at https://www.lung.org/research/sota/for-the-media
Read the ALA’s press release here.

… Antonette Reyes

24th Annual State of the Air Report