California is making tremendous progress in improving air quality but many of its cities are among the United States’ dirtiest in terms of air pollution, a new report by the American Lung Association said.
Based on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data, the report revealed that eight of every 10 Californians, or 32 million people, live in counties that have unhealthy levels of ozone or particle pollution.
Bakersfield was found to be the area with most unhealthy days from airborne particles emitted by traffic, diesel trucks and fireplaces. In terms of harmful ozone pollution, Los Angeles remains the entire nation’s leader. Air pollution can cause a number of serious health issues, including asthma and lung cancer.
Bonnie Holmes-Gen of the American Lung Association in California said, “California is making tremendous progress … But we have a lot more work to do.”
Seyed Sadredin, the executive director and air pollution control officer for the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, said argued that the report didn’t consider the strides the region has made over the past few years.
Since 1992, local businesses have spent $40 billion when the district was formed to slash air pollution. According to Sadredin, pollutant levels have been slashed by 80 per cent since 1980 levels.
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