Greene, N.Y., tops U.S. in pollution-related deaths
Greene and the other five New York counties are among the worst-polluting areas in the country, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Center for Environmental Health Statistics.
The state has the second-highest rate of asthma deaths among all 50 states, and nearly half the counties with the highest asthma rates have at least one registered asthma physician, according the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Nearly 2 million people die of asthma annually in the state, according EPA data.
Greene is in the midst of a three-week “ticking time bomb” that is expected to kill an estimated 1,100 people each day, the center said.
The city’s population is roughly the size of Delaware, and it has a high concentration of asthma-related asthma deaths.
The county has a population of 4.3 million, according state data.
Residents of Greene, including those who live in the suburbs and the wealthier parts of town, face an elevated risk of dying from asthma- related asthma.
In recent months, residents have been asking Gov.
Andrew Cuomo to close off neighborhoods and impose curfews to reduce pollution.
He has repeatedly denied the request.
The governor said in a news release Tuesday that he wants to get the situation in Greene right.
“We’re going to continue to work closely with the communities of Greene County, the community leaders, and the local health department to make sure that our focus is on ensuring that our residents have access to the quality care that they need,” he said.
New York Gov.
Chris Christie also has said the governor wants to help address the state’s air quality problem, including closing off some areas.
The governors’ offices have not yet responded to a request for comment from ABC News.
The governor also has vowed to impose stricter environmental standards and stricter enforcement of existing pollution laws in New York.
Christie said in May that he would push for new state regulations to control carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, saying they could cost up to $4 billion a year.
Environmentalists have called for stricter environmental regulations to reduce air pollution, including stricter air quality standards and tougher enforcement of the state pollution laws.
Cuomo has repeatedly called for a federal probe into the state air quality crisis.