HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Federal officials say New England’s air quality is better so far in 2011 than last year, attributing it to fewer sweltering days.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says preliminary data shows ozone levels were unhealthy in New England on 16 days between April and September this year. There were 28 during the same timeframe in 2010.

Connecticut had the largest drop, with 14 unhealthy air days this year compared to 24 in 2010.

Rhode Island’s total of 10 was down from 15 last year. New Hampshire and Massachusetts each had six last year, and had six and three this year, respectively.

Maine’s dropped from nine to two, and Vermont _ which had none last year _ was the only state with an increase, logging one unhealthy air day this year.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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