We're soot city #3!
Yesterday the nonprofit Environment Calfiornia released a report on soot levels nationwide, and we're right up there. LA-Long Beach ranks logs in at number three for fine-particle pollution, which is caused by power plants and deisel engines. Pittsburgh is number two, but SoCal's very own Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario ranks #1! Thanks for knocking us out of the top spot, guys!
The nonprofit explains that the report looks at all of the instances in 2004 when pollution levels exceeded EPA’s two health-based air quality standards for fine particle pollution. Ouch, wait, we're talking about exceeding healthy limits? Mulitple times? That's so not good.
But maybe it can explain this mysterious rash of coughing at Disney Hall.