EPA Ozone Designation For Tri-State Not Good For Your Health

A University of Cincinnati Molecular Toxicologist says ozone levels in the Queen City haven't proven to kill people, but they have been proven to make people sick.  Dr. George Leikauf estimates that every year there are 300 hospital admissions, 1000 emergency room visits, and more than 50,000 asthma attacks due to ozone.  Thursday the Environmental Protection Agency reported many of the Tri-State counties are out of compliance with federal air quality standards.  Those counties include Butler, Clermont, and Warren.  In Kentucky  Kenton, Boone, Campbell counties and in Southeastern Indiana Lawrenceburg Township are all also out of compliance.  The news isn't getting any better for particulate matter in the air either.  Hamilton County Environmental Services Director Cory Chadwick says by the end of the year the Tri-State area will be out of compliance in the particulate matter category.  That category involves material that drifts into the air after certain chemicals are burned.  Dr. Liekauf says the city's current particulate matter levels cause as many as 150 lung cancer deaths and 850 cardiovascular deaths every year.  For comparison annually an estimated 200 people die in Cincinnati area car accidents.  Dr. Liekauf says if the federal government were to tighten restrictions on emissions with the best available control technology ozone would be reduced in the Tri-State by a factor of 75%.