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The United States Environmental Protection Agency announced today (May 16) that San Diego County is now breathing the cleanest air in more than six decades. The county has met the 1997 national air quality standard for smog, or ground-level ozone. The county meets the 0.08 parts per million federal standard for ozone, but still has not attained the 0.075 parts per million ozone standard adopted in 2008.

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Visduh May 16, 2013 @ 2:18 p.m.

While I can't be certain, it seems as if we had some report about air quality in the past couple months that said San Diego still had filthy air. I suppose it is all in how you look at the matter; if you were very dirty once, and now are cleaner, that's good news. But when compared to other areas of the nation, this area may still be high on the list of cities with bad air. In addition to ozone there are those pesky particulates, and this area may still be high in those. A bigger picture report would sure help understand the overall matter of air quality.


Don Bauder May 16, 2013 @ 2:54 p.m.

Visduh: I don't know that report, but it may deal with the fact that San Diego is not up to the 2008 standard. And it may be true that San Diego compares poorly to many other metro areas in the nation. L.A. still does. I agree: we need the big picture. The Reader has some writers who are very knowledgeable in this. Maybe they will tackle the subject again. Best, Don Bauder


MURPHYJUNK May 17, 2013 @ 7:41 a.m.

Sounds like more EPA vocal Diarrhea .


Don Bauder May 17, 2013 @ 10:06 a.m.

Murphyjunk: You may be right. Best, Don Bauder


Psycholizard May 19, 2013 @ 10:05 a.m.

Anyone who lived in San Diego 50 years ago doesn't need a report to know our air has improved. We should thank the engineers who fixed our autos, the auto companies who spent the billions for the redesign, the politicians who mandated the changes and our citizens for all those smog mandated repairs and tests. And the improvement isn't limited to smog, atmospheric lead is down thanks to lead free gas, and lead is linked to brain damage. We complainers might complain mostly because it feels good, but we should remember that complaint is a step to reform, and real improvement is possible if we get together. California should be proud for leading the world in attacking these problems.


Don Bauder May 19, 2013 @ 8:11 p.m.

Psycholizard: I don't disagree: California led the way. Too late, I suppose, for places like San Bernardino. Best, Don Bauder


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