San Luis Obispo County fails air pollution test
April 28, 2011
The association slapped San Luis Obispo County with an F for having had 69 days per year when the air quality was poor enough to be flagged a red or an orange day. The report notes that ozone pollution can shorten life spans, trigger asthma attacks and increase cardiovascular problems for diabetics.
In the county of 266,971 residents, 34,719 people suffer from asthma, chronic bronchitis or emphysema.
The San Luis Obispo Paso Robles area was ranked 11 on the most ozone polluted list with Los Angeles ranked number one.
On a positive note, the association ranked San Luis Obispo County number one for having the lowest levels of particle pollution levels in the country.
“Ozone and particle pollution levels today still contribute to thousands of hospitalizations, emergency room visits and early deaths every year,” says Dr. Sonal Patel, volunteer physician for the American Lung Association in California. “We know that air pollution can literally stunt children’s lung development.”