Big Island fails in American Lung Association pollution study
Hawaii County was ranked among the top 25 counties in America for having high level of particle pollution.
The 2019 'State of the Air' report conducted by the American Lung Association looked at levels of ozone and particle pollution. In the particle category, Hawaii County was ranked 12th in the country, earning a failing score.
The report found that the Big Island had constant levels of exposure that could potentially lead to health conditions like asthma.
A spokesperson for the American Lung Association tells KITV 4 the reason behind the low rating is likely due to vog, or volcanic smog because of volcanoes on the island.
All the other counties in Hawaii received passing scores. For a link to the full study, click here.