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Originally published: 2013-05-15 13:28:00
Last modified: 2013-05-15 13:27:58

Breathe easy

Matthew Hundley / (

Avery County was one of only three North Carolina counties to be assigned a grade of “A” for air quality by the American Lung Association's annual State of the Air report.
In North Carolina, only Avery, Chatham and Swain counties received the distinction of ALA's “A” rating for ozone levels.
Avery County registered zero days with high ozone levels.
It should be noted, however, that many counties do not report ozone levels, or the second measure of air quality: particle pollution. In fact, Avery County's “A” rating was based on low ozone alone, as Avery County did not have recorded measures for particle pollution.

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