Diesel dust contamination the worst in Georgetown, South Park

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by GARY CHITTIM / KING 5 News

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Posted on September 26, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 26 at 5:40 PM

Take a deep breath in Seattle’s Georgetown and South Park neighborhoods and you’ll take in the worst air the city has to offer.

The University of Washington and Puget Sound Sage group released results of an air monitoring study that compares diesel contamination in those neighborhoods to the Beacon Hill and Queen Anne areas. Georgetown/South Park got the worst of it.

Bad air is hardly a new concept to the area which previous studies found has the city’s lowest air quality and life expectancy. But the news is focused on the backyards of residential areas and shows fumes from the heavy truck traffic are wafting into the lives of residents.

University of Washington researchers say the results show there needs to be more tests of the actual health effects on the residents. The area has some of the highest asthma rates in the region. 

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