Santa Fe has the cleanest air in America!

Santa Fe has the cleanest air in America!

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Clean air & blue skies in Santa Fe!

America’s cleanest cities:

When it comes to ozone levels and year-round smog, these cities have the top air quality in the nation, according to the American Lung Association’s State of the Air rankings for 2012.

If you’re looking to breathe easier, look no further than Santa Fe. It took the top spot for cleanest air in all three of the American Lung Association’s pollution categories: ozone, as well as short-term and year-round particle pollution.

“We don’t have any dirty industries here,” said Richard Goodyear, chief of the Air Quality Bureau for the state’s environmental agency.

In fact, the closest major power plant is about 200 miles away in the northwest corner of the state, he said.

The state’s strict emission standards can also be credited for its high air quality. According to Goodyear, New Mexico’s rules are more stringent for nitrous oxide and other pollutants than those of the Environmental Protection Agency.