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Rapid City, Sioux Falls: cleanest cities for ozone pollution

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The American Lung Association says two cities in South Dakota are among the best in the nation when it comes to clean air.  The association cited Rapid City and Sioux Falls as among the cleanest cities for ozone pollution.

The group says the Rapid City area was ranked as the tenth cleanest metro area in the country for year-round particle pollution. That ranking is quite an accomplishment considering that previously Rapid City violated Environmental Protection Agency's air quality dust standards. Wind-blown dust from industrial mining operations, construction sites, unpaved roads and tilled fields, as well as smoke from wood burning stoves, have been the biggest sources of the city's air quality problems over the years.
 
In 2006, following a number of efforts by Pennington County and Rapid City air quality boards, the city was designated as in compliance with federal EPA standards.
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