The American Lung Association finds that the Bronx, Queens and Manhattan are the dirtiest counties in the state when it comes to particle pollution.
According to their 10th annual State of the Air report, 65 percent of New York State residents live in counties where air pollution levels endanger lives.
The report acknowledges substantial progress against air pollution in many parts of the country, but not in most major cities.
The New York metropolitan area ranks 17th on the list of most polluted cities by ozone, 16th worst on the list of U.S. cities polluted by short-term particle pollution, 22nd on the list of cities most polluted by year-round particle pollution.
City officials have not yet commented on the report.
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