Smog report due for N.J. counties

TRENTON – An environmental group says it will issue a report on smog in New Jersey this week. And its data may cause a choking sensation.

Environment New Jersey will release a report Wednesday that it says will show that some counties in the state are among the “smoggiest’’ nationwide.

The report, according to Environment New Jersey, will rank areas by the number of days when the air was unhealthy to breathe last year and this summer.

The group said the report will include Environmental Protection Agency data on Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Camden counties that will show the problem is worse than previously believed.

The environmental group said the timing of the report is important, since  it arrives in the wake of President Obama’s announcement that he will abandon efforts to strengthen smog standards, and as some are pushing legislation that would roll back existing standards for controlling smog from power plants.

The report will be unveiled in two locations: Ocean County Park, Route 88, Lakewood; and Ken Buchanan Riverfront Park, 101 River Road, Sayreville. Smog report due for N.J. counties