Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Lung Pollution in Fresno, CA

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Central Valley Air Quality (CVAQ) Coalition: Includes air pollution primer, air quality in the news, resources, policy solutions, legal actions, events, take action.

San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. Includes information about air issues in the District, and links to press releases and recent news. The District provides webcasts of Governing Board meetings and Citizens Advisory Committee Meetings on the days these meetings are held. To view a webcast, click on the webcast link for that meeting.

Under the category of Programs, information for students is provided, including "Welcome to Blue Sky, Brown Sky...," the San Joaquin Valley's first air quality curriculum designed to inform educators and teach student about air pollution and the effects it has on Valley residents. The curriculum is free. Teachers can also request a speaker to come to their classes.

Valley Clean Air Now. San Joaquin Valley Fact Sheet, Ozone Fact Sheet, Particulate Matter Fact Sheet, Air Pollution Q&A, Valley Air Quality Forecast, Grants, Applications, Grant Recipients, News & Photos, Photo Gallery, Business Recognition Program, Recognized Businesses, Tune In & Tune Up, Energy & Clean Air Business Expo.

Earth Justice. Court Orders Clean Air Backstop Measures for San Joaquin ValleyEPA ordered to end delays on San Joaquin Valley air pollution contingency measures

OAKLAND, California - July 6, 2006 - Earthjustice and clients Medical Advocates for Healthy Air, Sierra Club, and Latino Issues Forum earned a victory for clean air protection Wednesday afternoon when a US District Court judge ordered EPA to promulgate long-overdue pollution control measures.

These measures, called contingency measures, are required under the federal Clean Air Act as a backstop to protect public health should the Valley fail to meet major milestones in cleaning up air pollution.

"This was an open and shut case. We went in with EPA admitting it had failed to do its job. But EPA wanted the Court to say it was okay to keep dragging its feet on the development of these measures. The Court rejected EPA's arguments out of hand," says Paul Cort, attorney for Earthjustice who argued the case last week. More.

Fresno, CA: Where Breathing is Like Smoking Without Filters (Sierra Club). EPA Gives Polluters More Time to Clean Up, While Asthma Victims Continue to Suffer. Being Hispanic and living in the San Joaquin Valley in California can be dangerous to your health.

In fact, simply breathing in this area, one of the country's richest agricultural regions, is as bad as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day and for Hispanics, who live in the midst of some of the worst pollution, those cigarettes have no filters.

Jetstream, the National Weather Service Online Weather School in conjunction with NOAA, introduces students to meteorology in easily understood terms.

Project A.I.R.E. offers K-12 resource materials, grants, and teacher air quality training opportunities.