San Luis Obispo scores high on air quality

May 24, 2010

A new report by the American Lung Association, despite showing air pollution worsening in California, has good news for people living between San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles–your air is among the cleanest in the state. [California Watch]

The 11th annual report of the nation’s air quality, using Environmental Protection Agency measurements, concluded that the overall air quality in California had worsened since the previous report.

Los Angeles was rated the smoggiest metro area in the nation, had the third-worst particle pollution, and fourth worst short-term particle pollution levels. Bakersfield scored second smoggiest.

All the cities pinpointed as the worst year-round particle levels by the Lung Association are in California, including Fresno, Modesto, Long Beach, Riverside, and Portersville.

However, two areas were singled out in the report for having some of the cleanest air in the country, including Salinas and the San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles region. Both areas ranked high for best year-round particle pollution and best short-term particle pollution.

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So much for AB32