air quality http://kvpr.org en Air District Questions Asthma-Air Pollution Link http://kvpr.org/post/air-district-questions-asthma-air-pollution-link-0 <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New research this week questions the connection between air pollution and asthma.</span></p><p>In 2011, a study by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District established a link between asthma-related ER visits and levels of PM2.5, or fine particulate matter in valley air.&nbsp; But after a follow-up to that study, the Air District now reports that for a number of years, asthma-related ER visits increased even as PM2.5 levels dropped.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 19:28:41 +0000 Kerry Klein 34457 at http://kvpr.org Air District Questions Asthma-Air Pollution Link Valley Air Cleanup Targets Restaurant Charbroilers http://kvpr.org/post/valley-air-cleanup-targets-restaurant-charbroilers <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">People in Central California </span><u style="line-height: 1.5;">love</u><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> barbecue. From backyard grills to popular new restaurants featuring tri tip, ribs and brisket, it’s one of the biggest food trends in the valley. One Fresno destination is so popular, a line wraps around its building daily.</span></p><p>Fresno’s Dog House Grill is Valley famous for tri-tip, pulled pork and their family recipe barbecue sauce.</p><p>Connie Nicholson and her husband visit Dog House weekly.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 18:05:35 +0000 Ezra David Romero 27117 at http://kvpr.org Valley Air Cleanup Targets Restaurant Charbroilers Valley Air District Celebrates Cleanup Milestone, More Work Remains http://kvpr.org/post/valley-air-district-celebrates-cleanup-milestone-more-work-remains <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the decades-long effort to clean up the San Joaquin Valley's notoriously poor air, 2013 might be a milestone. For the first time, the air basin had zero violations of the hourly federal ozone standard. &nbsp;</span></p><p>That news prompted the governing board of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to vote Thursday to formally request that the EPA lift a required a $29 million annual penalty.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 01:35:57 +0000 Joe Moore 24522 at http://kvpr.org Valley Air District Celebrates Cleanup Milestone, More Work Remains Can The Free Market Curb Asthma in Fresno? http://kvpr.org/post/can-free-market-curb-asthma-fresno <p>Is there a profit to be found in reducing children’s asthma attacks? A diverse team of public health advocates, asthma care providers, financiers, and foundations has set up a pilot program with the goal of making money for investors while solving a deeply entrenched health crisis in and around Fresno, California.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 16:56:43 +0000 Lisa Margonelli 23824 at http://kvpr.org Can The Free Market Curb Asthma in Fresno? Valley Air District to Issue Air Alert Monday http://kvpr.org/post/valley-air-district-issue-air-alert-monday <p>The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District has announced that it intends to issue an "Air Alert" early next week. The alert will begin Monday August&nbsp;19th&nbsp;and continue through Wednesday August&nbsp;21st.&nbsp;</p><p>This district is urging residents to take steps that can reduce the amount of ozone pollution, and prevent a potential violation of the 1-hour ozone standard. In addition to health risks posed by ozone pollution, violating the standard could also result in a $29 million federal penalty.</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 19:03:15 +0000 Valley Public Radio News 20151 at http://kvpr.org Valley Air District to Issue Air Alert Monday Valley Cities Top National Lists For Air Pollution http://kvpr.org/post/valley-cities-top-national-lists-air-pollution-1 <p></p><p></p><p>If you’re expecting clean air in the San Joaquin Valley, don’t hold your breath.</p><p>The American Lung Association released this week its annual State of the Air report. It shows that Valley cities continue to top the lists for the most polluted areas in the nation for ozone, short-term particle pollution, and annual particle pollution.</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 16:53:47 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 14090 at http://kvpr.org Valley Cities Top National Lists For Air Pollution On Valley Edition: Particulate Pollution; TBI Football Policy; Valley Education; Peter Buffett http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-particulate-pollution-tbi-football-policy-valley-education-peter-buffett <p></p><p></p><p>This week on Valley Edition, Rebecca Plevin reports on the California Air Resources Board's approval of a plan intended to bring the Valley's particulate pollution into compliance with federal standards. But residents and health advocates expressed concern that the plan doesn't act quickly enough to protect public health.</p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 22:23:53 +0000 Juanita Stevenson, Rebecca Plevin & Ezra David Romero 10040 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Particulate Pollution; TBI Football Policy; Valley Education; Peter Buffett Valley Residents, Health Advocates Call For Better Protection From Particle Pollution http://kvpr.org/post/valley-residents-health-advocates-call-better-protection-particle-pollution <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The San Joaquin Valley’s polluted air is a daily concern for Mario </span>Talavera<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>“When I go to the pharmacy, they ask why I need medicine," said Talavera, of Fresno. "For Mario, Angelica, Tomas, Jose. And for me too, Mario. I have asthma. The only person who doesn’t have asthma is my wife.”</p><p>It’s a constant stress for Fresno resident Teresa Vidales, too. Her husband, a construction worker and the family breadwinner, has asthma. One of her four kids does, too.</p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 19:05:39 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 10013 at http://kvpr.org Valley Residents, Health Advocates Call For Better Protection From Particle Pollution NASA Flights Over Fresno, Bakersfield Hope to Predict Air Quality From Space http://kvpr.org/post/nasa-flights-over-fresno-bakersfield-hope-predict-air-quality-space <p>NASA scientists and aircraft took to the skies above Fresno and Bakersfield today. It's part of a project that one day hopes to predict and air quality from space.</p><p>Two aircraft, including a converted Navy&nbsp;P3-B&nbsp;flew repeated loops over various valley cities today, one of them as low as 1,000 feet, to gather air samples. It's part of a program NASA calls <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/discover-aq/index.html">DISCOVER-AQ</a> which aims to better understand pollution spikes and how pollutants react with sunlight throughout the day.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 19 Jan 2013 01:35:46 +0000 Joe Moore 9586 at http://kvpr.org NASA Flights Over Fresno, Bakersfield Hope to Predict Air Quality From Space On Valley Edition: Madera Casino Plan; Emergency Air Alerts; Doug Davis Memoir http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-madera-casino-plan-emergency-air-alerts-doug-davis-memoir <p></p><p>This week on Valley Edition we talk about plans by a local Native American tribe to open a casino on land north of Madera along Highway 99. The effort took a big step forward in recent days as the Bureau of Indian Affairs agreed to put the land for the new casino in trust for the tribe.</p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 21:27:28 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 7714 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Madera Casino Plan; Emergency Air Alerts; Doug Davis Memoir Arvin Residents Take On Air Pollution With 'Bucket Brigade' http://kvpr.org/post/arvin-residents-take-air-pollution-bucket-brigade <p>The small Kern County community of Arvin has some of the worst air in the nation. Surrounded on two sides by mountains at the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley, the city's 16,000 residents breathe air polluted by cars, trucks and industrial operations from nearby, and from across the valley. But now some members of the community are taking matters into their own hands, with a "bucket brigade" that aims to clean up the air. But their efforts are not without controversy.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 16:43:11 +0000 Joe Moore 5494 at http://kvpr.org Arvin Residents Take On Air Pollution With 'Bucket Brigade' Early Switch to Winter Blend Fuel Unlikely To Harm Air Quality http://kvpr.org/post/early-switch-winter-blend-fuel-unlikely-harm-air-quality <p></p><p class="p1">The California Air Resources Board says refineries can begin producing and selling winter-blend gasoline.</p><p class="p1">The blend is usually not sold until October 31<sup>st</sup> because it’s a more volatile compound and its quick evaporation can harm air quality during hot weather.</p><p class="p1">But Governor Jerry Brown requested the early switch because of the recent gas price spikes.&nbsp;</p><p class="p2">The Board’s Dave Cleggern says with the cooler weather he doubts it will have any negative environmental effect.</p> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 22:45:28 +0000 Amy Quinton 5149 at http://kvpr.org California Air Resources Board Maps Air Polluters http://kvpr.org/post/california-air-resources-board-maps-air-polluters <p>The California Air Resources Board has created a map that shows the state&rsquo;s biggest emitters of greenhouse gases. It is a significant step in the development of California&rsquo;s Cap and Trade program.</p><p>On the new Google Earth map are 625 facilities that each produce more than 25,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases annually. The map breaks down facilities by industry, zip code and emissions. But, Stanley Young with the Air Resources Board says state-to-state comparisons aren&rsquo;t yet available.</p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 01:57:05 +0000 Bob Moffit 1801 at http://kvpr.org California Air Resources Board Maps Air Polluters Adult Day Health Care, Air Quality, Fossil Center http://kvpr.org/post/adult-day-health-care-air-quality-fossil-center <p>This week on Valley Edition, we look at how budget cuts are threatening patients who rely on California&#39;s Adult Day Health Care centers, how global warming may cause the San Joaquin Valley&#39;s air to become even worse, and how the Fossil Discovery Center in Madera County&nbsp;is bringing paleontology to residents of the Valley.<br /><br /><strong>Valley Edition: Tuesday July 17, 2012:</strong></p> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 19:03:53 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 454 at http://kvpr.org Adult Day Health Care, Air Quality, Fossil Center On Valley Edition: Air Pollution and Dementia Linked; Mortgage Counseling; Highway 152 http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-air-pollution-and-dementia-linked-mortgage-counseling-highway-152 <p>On this week&#39;s Valley Edition we talk about a new study that links dementia and air pollution, a new program that aims to help people stay in their homes, and a plan to make Highway 152 a toll road.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Valley Edition for February 21, 2012:</strong></p> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 22:45:23 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 1160 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Air Pollution and Dementia Linked; Mortgage Counseling; Highway 152 On Valley Edition: Air Quality; Veterans Home; Energy Upgrade http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-air-quality-veterans-home-energy-upgrade <p>This week on Valley Edition we talk about this winter&#39;s especially poor air quality and learn what residents can do to stay healthy. We&#39;ll also talk about the once again stalled Fresno Veterans Home, and a program to help Valley residents make their homes more energy efficient.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 16:26:59 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 1155 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Air Quality; Veterans Home; Energy Upgrade