“Polluted Parks” graded the pollution-related damage in the 48 national parks required by the Clean Air Act to have the highest possible air quality.
Every one of the 48 national parks with the greatest Clean Air Act protections are plagued by significant air pollution.
Air quality in parks can be as bad – or worse – than in some major cities due to emissions from outdated coal plants and other sources of pollution. While progress has been made in reducing air pollution in national parks, pollution still damages air quality in all parks, most often during the busy summer season.
“Polluted Parks” graded the pollution-related damage in the 48 national parks required by the Clean Air Act to have the highest possible air quality. The report highlights twelve parks across the nation that earned a D or lower in at least one of three categories – threat to public health, hazy skies, and impacts from climate change.
- Acadia National Park
- Big Bend National Park
- Carlsbad Caverns National Park
- Everglades National Park
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- Guadalupe Mountains National Park
- Joshua Tree National Park
- Kings Canyon National Park
- Mammoth Cave National Park
- Saguaro National Park
- Sequoia National Park
- Yosemite National Park