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Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., shown in 2016, said Tuesday he will hold hearings next year in response to an NPR and Frontline probe that revealed that government regulators failed to identify and prevent dangerous conditions. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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A thick layer of smoke from the Carr Fire settles over California's Central Valley in a view from a jet earlier this summer. Fine particulate matter from drifting wildfire smoke mixes with industrial ozone and can become trapped between the mountain ranges. George Rose/Getty Images hide caption

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An image from an electron microscope shows a type II alveolar cell, found in the air sacs of lungs. In the cell's cytoplasm (pink) are lamellar bodies (purple), which contain surfactant. SPL/Science Source hide caption

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Experimental Lung Treatment Could Make Breathing Easier

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When wildfire smoke choked their community last summer, Amy Cilimburg (left), the director of Climate Smart Missoula, helped Joy and Don Dunagan, of Seeley Lake, Mont., get a HEPA air filter through a partnership with the Missoula City-County Health Department. Nora Saks / Montana Public Radio hide caption

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When Wildfire Smoke Invades, Who Should Pay To Clean Indoor Air?

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Wildfire smoke filled the sky in Seeley Lake, Mont. on Aug. 7, 2017. Weather effects concentrated the accumulating smoke, chronically exposing residents to harmful substances in the air. InciWeb hide caption

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Montana Wildfires Provide A Wealth Of Data On Health Effects Of Smoke Exposure

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Juanita Milton, who suffers from COPD, uses her nebulizer with albuterol sulfate at her home in Live Oak, Texas. Carolyn Van Houten for Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Many COPD Patients Struggle To Pay For Each Breath

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