The DEQ also takes exception as to how very different
areas are lumped together. By their standards, Page County, Arlington, and
Los Angeles receive all receive the "F" grade. But the number of
orange days in a year, or days when pollution might be unhealthy for
at-risk groups, is much less in Page County than at the other two
"To suggest that the air quality in Page County
would be the same as a highly populated area like Arlington is somewhat
extreme," says Foley
And area doctors agree.
"People in Virginia and especially the Valley I think should worry
some, but not necessarily as much as some people who feel the sky is
falling might lead you to believe," says Dr. Stephen Phillips,
Director of RMH Corporate Health.
Foley says most of the pollution here comes from
sources outside of Virginia. She says weather conditions have a lot to do
with air quality. Dr. Phillips says pollution is not a problem here now.
But he says if the Valley's population continues to increase and we don't
get away from burning coal as fuel, medical problems will increase as