air pollution http://kvpr.org en California Bill Would Delay Cap And Trade Transportation Fuel Permits http://kvpr.org/post/california-bill-would-delay-cap-and-trade-transportation-fuel-permits <p>A California Assemblyman has introduced a bill that would delay part of the state’s greenhouse gas reduction program for at least three years. Under the bill, energy companies would be able to put off purchasing “transportation fuel pollution” permits. Capital Public Radio’s Max Pringle reports.</p> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 23:38:03 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 35248 at http://kvpr.org California Bill Would Delay Cap And Trade Transportation Fuel Permits 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 State Approves Expansion of Kettleman Hills Toxic Waste Facility http://kvpr.org/post/state-approves-expansion-kettleman-hills-toxic-waste-facility-0 <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">After 6 years, the state of California has approved the expansion of a toxic waste landfill near Kettleman City. The decision will allow the landfill to expand by 50%, or 5 million cubic yards, which owners at Waste Management Incorporated estimate will last about 8 years.</p><p class="p1">Jim Marxen&nbsp;is a spokesperson for the California Department of Toxic Substances Control.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 01:11:12 +0000 Kerry Klein 33062 at http://kvpr.org State Approves Expansion of Kettleman Hills Toxic Waste Facility Valley Counties Rank Among Worst In Air Pollution Report http://kvpr.org/post/valley-counties-rank-among-worst-air-pollution-report <p></p><p>A new report on air quality shows that many neighboorhoods in Fresno County and Bakersfield rank among the worst in the nation when it comes to pollution.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The American Lung Association released the findings of its annual “State of the Air” report today ranking the Fresno- Madera area as the nation’s worst based on exposure to chemicals and particulate matter.</span></p><p></p><p>Jaime Holt is the chief communications officer with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 01:03:06 +0000 Diana Aguilera 32020 at http://kvpr.org Valley Counties Rank Among Worst In Air Pollution Report New Pollution Mapping Tool Aims To Aid Environmental Justice Fight In Central Valley http://kvpr.org/post/new-pollution-mapping-tool-aims-aid-environmental-justice-fight-central-valley <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week, the state of California released a new interactive online map that lets you look at how environmentally burdened your neighborhood is compared to the rest of the state. The tool, called </span><a href="http://oehha.ca.gov/ej/ces2.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">CalEnviroScreen 2.0</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> combines both data on pollution sources and the demographics of a community, including poverty, unemployment and linguistic isolation to compute a score that reflects a community’s overall environmental burden.</span></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:22:22 +0000 Joe Moore 31922 at http://kvpr.org New Pollution Mapping Tool Aims To Aid Environmental Justice Fight In Central Valley On Valley Edition: Air Quality; Hockey In The Valley; Grapes of Wrath http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-air-quality-hockey-valley-grapes-wrath <p>This week on <a href="http://kvpr.org/programs/valley-edition">Valley Edition</a> our reporting team discusses how Valley air quality may affect our genes, a library vending machine that dispenses books, hockey in the region and much more.</p><p>Starting off the program, Valley Public Radio Reporter Rebecca Plevin reports on the issue of pollution and how it relates to our health. She explores the question of <a href="http://kvpr.org/post/central-valleys-air-pollution-affecting-our-cells-and-genes">whether pollution is affecting Valley residents at cellular level.</a></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 20:17:24 +0000 Joe Moore, Rebecca Plevin & Ezra David Romero 27726 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Air Quality; Hockey In The Valley; Grapes of Wrath Is The Central Valley's Air Pollution Affecting Our Cells And Genes? http://kvpr.org/post/central-valleys-air-pollution-affecting-our-cells-and-genes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here in the Central Valley – in one of the most polluted air basins in the country – we know that poor air is bad for our health. We feel it in our eyes and throat, and when we struggle to breathe.</span></p><p>But what if air pollution is affecting us at a deeper, cellular level?</p><p>That's exactly what Dr. Kari Nadeau discovered a few years ago. She’s a Stanford School of Medicine professor with an expertise in asthma and allergies.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:20:21 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 27716 at http://kvpr.org Is The Central Valley's Air Pollution Affecting Our Cells And Genes? New Study Links PM 2.5 Pollution, Immune System Damage http://kvpr.org/post/new-study-links-pm-25-pollution-immune-system-damage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A <a href="http://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/newsrelease.php?id=558">new study</a> suggests that exposure to wildfire smoke can result in reduced immune system function. The study, funded by the California Air Resources board, looked at primates which were exposed to unusually high levels of fine particulate matter or PM2.5 for 10 days in 2008, during a number of wildfires.</span></p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 01:44:25 +0000 Joe Moore 26866 at http://kvpr.org New Study Links PM 2.5 Pollution, Immune System Damage Earlimart Pesticide Warrior Honored For Advocacy http://kvpr.org/post/earlimart-pesticide-warrior-honored-advocacy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When you arrive at Teresa De </span>Anda’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> house on the edge of </span>Earlimart<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, you might think the biggest health threat here is her pack of dogs. But from De </span>Anda’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> perspective, the almond orchard directly across the street, and the nearby vineyards and fields, are much more dangerous.</span></p><p>“It’s nice not having neighbors across the street, but it’s not nice having all the spraying and the tilling and the dirt and the bees,” De Anda says.</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 00:34:05 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 25452 at http://kvpr.org Earlimart Pesticide Warrior Honored For Advocacy 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 How Will Global Warming Impact the San Joaquin Valley? http://kvpr.org/post/how-will-global-warming-impact-san-joaquin-valley <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rising global temperatures aren’t just an international concern, they’re also an important local issue, especially when it comes to public health. How will climate change affect everything from rates of asthma and valley fever to wildfires and natural disasters?</span></p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 17:39:29 +0000 Joe Moore 19956 at http://kvpr.org How Will Global Warming Impact the San Joaquin Valley? 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 New Study Shows Poor, Minorities At Greater Asthma Risk http://kvpr.org/post/new-study-shows-poor-minorities-greater-asthma-risk <p></p><p>A new study from UCLA and the state Air Resources Board finds that minorities and other low-income populations face greater incidents of asthma than the rest of the population.</p><p>The study from the Chronic Disease Program at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research connects increased exposure to pollution with a rise in everything from asthma attacks to work absences and emergency room visits.</p><p>The study also found that those living within 750 feet of busy roads and highways had increases in asthma-related trips to the emergency room.</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 01:03:53 +0000 Joe Moore 12116 at http://kvpr.org New Study Shows Poor, Minorities At Greater Asthma Risk