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New Report Ranks Most-polluted National Parks in U.S.

The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), together with Appalachian Voices and Our Children's Earth, recently announced he release of a new report, titled "Code Red: America's Five Most Polluted National Parks," which reveals that "little to no" air quality improvements have occurred in U.S. national parks since Congress last strengthened federal clean air laws in 1990.

According to NPCA, the report cites Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee and North Carolina as the nation's most-polluted park, followed by Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky, Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, Acadia National Park in Maine and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks in California.

NPCA said the report indicates that ozone pollution -- generated from motor vehicles, industrial facilities, and agricultural and construction equipment located outside of park boundaries -- "is getting worse at more than half of the 13 evaluated parks, with the others showing no improvement."

"America's national parks are our heritage, but a veil of air pollution hangs over some of our most recognized places," said NPCA Southeast regional office program analyst Jill Stephens. "Full and faithful enforcement of clean air programs that restore park air quality is long overdue."

Contact: Jill Stephens, NPCA, phone 865-329-2424, website

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