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Published May 19, 2013, 11:50 AM

North Dakota gets high marks for air quality, despite dust

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota continues to get high marks for air quality, despite dust problems in the western part of the state.

By: Associated Press, Associated Press

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota continues to get high marks for air quality, despite dust problems in the western part of the state.

The Dickinson Press reports (http://bit.ly/18URs1W ) that eight North Dakota counties were selected for the American Lung Association's State of the Air Annual Report for 2013. The study looked at the Environmental Protection Agency's most recent air pollution data for smog and dust.

Jim Semerad of the state Health Department says North Dakota is one of a handful of states that meet all clean air standards. He says new air quality regulations and a low population are factors.

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Information from: The Dickinson Press, http://www.thedickinsonpress.com

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