Bay Area Air Quality Among Worst In The Nation, Lung Association Says

April 19, 2018 10:00 am · 21 comments

The Bay Area has some of the worst air quality in the nation but numbers have gradually improved over the last few years, the American Lung Association said in a report released today.

The Bay Area ranked sixth in the list of most-polluted metropolitan areas for short-term particle pollution and 10th in most-polluted cities for year-round particle pollution, according to the lung association’s State of the Air 2018 report.

Bakersfield was ranked worst for short-term particle pollution while Fairbanks, Alaska, was worst for the long-term pollution, the report said.

Despite the poor rankings, the lung association said strong state and local clean air programs in California are driving progress.

The Bay Area — the report added San Joaquin County to the region in the results — experienced a 70 percent drop in unhealthy ozone days since 2000 and an 80 percent drop in unhealthy particle pollution days since 2004.

The lung association’s senior director of air quality and climate change Bonnie Holmes-Gen said unhealthy levels of pollution can cause premature death, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung
cancer if conditions do not improve.

“We must continue the life-saving work of cutting air pollution and slowing climate change,” Holmes-Gen said in a statement.

Sick of it April 19, 2018 at 10:08 AM

It’s called over population and traffic congestion. And our great politicians all they can think of is expanding and adding to the problem. There is a limit on what a area can sustain a healthy population

Wrigleygum April 19, 2018 at 10:20 AM

No it isnt ranked worst, its Los Angeles that is. Ca as a state was the worst with L.A. specifically mentioned the worst.

RunnerDope April 19, 2018 at 11:06 AM

It doesn’t say we’re the worst. It says among the worst, so 6th/10th worst in the US seems accurate.

David April 19, 2018 at 10:33 AM

Stop buying products made in China…
From the Wall Street Journal

The 29% cited in the article refers to Pb (lead), how much of the less massive pollution is from things like Hydrocarbons, Sulfur, NOX…?

Silva April 20, 2018 at 11:27 AM

I know whenever the air is thick in Beijing.

PO'd April 19, 2018 at 10:44 AM

San Joaquin County is NOT in the bay area. It was added to drive the overall number up. Any deviation in the measurements(+/-) are probably due to weather conditions.
Yeah, I know that a lot of east bay pollution follows a prevailing wind condition that adds to the valley’s smog. They also make plenty of their own.
If a county doesn’t touch the bay(s), than it’s not in the Bay Area!

RunnerDope April 19, 2018 at 11:11 AM

Arbitrary definition. According to you, Napa County is not in the BA, but Sonoma County is.

RunnerDope April 19, 2018 at 11:27 AM

Solano County touches the bay, so Dixon is part of the Bay Area, but Tracy isn’t.

PO'd April 19, 2018 at 11:34 AM

Skaags Island and inlet qualifies. This is not my projection, rather it has been the standard for decades. 9 County Bay Area.

RANDOM TASK April 19, 2018 at 10:52 AM

uhhhh so this whole article is dem fluff

it starts with oh how terrible the bay area is

it lists its rank and how it lists among others …ooohh

then to bolster up the bay area to a 70% improvement over the 18 years …

it slips in numbers from San Joaquin County

yet still in the top 6 hmmmm

but then it praises the state for it air quality programs and vision


Cellophane April 19, 2018 at 2:33 PM

Hear, hear…

martinezmike April 19, 2018 at 12:02 PM

This is the main reason I’ve decided to stop breathing. It’s the only thing that makes sense.

stove April 19, 2018 at 12:37 PM

This is exactly what is caused by people having 2 hour compute to work because they cant afford to live by their work .

Kirkwood April 20, 2018 at 10:22 AM

Yet they commute to the City because that’s where the big bucks are paid.

Dawg April 19, 2018 at 12:40 PM

No mention about the dirty air moving across the Pacific from Asia and settling over California, the Sierra’s keep it from moving in further.

Anonymous April 19, 2018 at 1:22 PM

I am leary of people with hyphenated names


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Newellian April 19, 2018 at 2:39 PM

BOHICA! Bend over – Here it comes again! Lord Broadbent and the rest of his overpaid flunkies at BAAQMD are primed and ready to roll out a bunch of new “rules” to stick to us.

Old Guss April 19, 2018 at 4:02 PM

Moving the hell outta here that is the only way to deal with this problem.
Bay area is one big polluted area and it only gets worse during the summertime.

Steve April 19, 2018 at 4:33 PM

One of the things that has contributed to the air quality issues is the jet stream over the Pacific. Have seen several studies that show that CA is getting particule and chemical pollutants from China. Some of those sample polutants found in the air here have been banned from production processes here for years and can be traced back directly to Asia. Waiting for CARB to roll out new taxes, fees and regulations so they can justify their jobs and throw money at something they have no control over or any hope of influencing. Kind of the same way CO2 is blamed for “climate change”. But that’s a whole different rant.

Great Gonzo April 19, 2018 at 4:46 PM

The S.F. Bay Area is owned by the left wing of the hypocritical dnc so of COURSE this is an ecological disaster area!

Liberals are lying hypocrites so it stand to reason they NEVER practice what they preach. Hence their ground zero is a cesspit.

Nunya April 19, 2018 at 5:05 PM

Thank God at least gun violence is down, thanks to all the laws and regulations. Just like in our sister city of Chicago!

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