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More to the valley's pollution problems than wood-burning

Postby Wilberforce » Sun Jan 15, 2012 7:42 pm

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Saturday, Jan 14 2012 11:02 PM
More to the valley's pollution problems than wood-burning

Recent headlines report that the Central Valley is experiencing the worst air quality in 12 years -- this in a region known for the worst air pollution in the entire United States. To add to the health dangers, our pollution is composed of "fine particulate matter, laced with chemicals which enter the lungs and can move in to the blood stream," according to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. This pollution not only produces asthma rates three times higher than the national average, but also the particulates can break off plaque in the coronary artery, creating a logjam and a heart attack, according to scientists with the air district.

Yet this agency continues to focus solely on fireplace emissions in order to control air pollution. While this no doubt helps, it seems like a drop in the bucket of what we are up against as valley residents. Because weather patterns force pollution to the southern part of the valley (coupled with our geography, which borders the Valley on three sides by mountains), Bakersfield and its surrounding areas suffer the worst air in the valley. I am particularly disappointed in our local press and TV stations in their underreporting of this issue and its dangers.

When one cannot even breathe safely, it's time to move. Or perhaps use public transportation, which is run on clean-running natural gas. Or write your state legislators, demanding a strong, permanent solution to the air pollution that is literally killing us and making our children sick.

Tom Hoffman
Shafter

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http://www.bakersfield.com/opinion/lett ... od-burning
• The Surgeon General has determined that there is no safe level of exposure to ambient smoke!

• If you smell even a subtle odor of smoke, you are being exposed to poisonous and carcinogenic chemical compounds!

• Even a brief exposure to smoke raises blood pressure, (no matter what your state of health) and can cause blood clotting, stroke, or heart attack in vulnerable people. Even children experience elevated blood pressure when exposed to smoke!

• Since smoke drastically weakens the lungs' immune system, avoiding smoke is one of the best ways to prevent colds, flu, bronchitis, or risk of an even more serious respiratory illness, such as pneumonia or tuberculosis! Does your child have the flu? Chances are they have been exposed to ambient smoke!
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