US air pollution: less smog, but more soot in East

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By Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent WASHINGTON, May 1 (Reuters) - The United States is less smoggy than it used to be, but dangerous soot particles are rising in the densely populated eastern part of the country, the American Lung Association reported on Tuesday. In its annual State of the Air report, the group applauded reductions in smog since its peak in 2002, and blamed the rise in soot -- also called particle pollution -- on coal-fired power plants in the East. ...

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