Lake County Ranked First in the Nation for Clean Air by the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association (ALA) released its annual State of the Air 2013 Report. State and local area air quality are graded on an A through F scale by comparing local ozone and small particulate concentrations with the federal air quality standards. Although many areas, especially within California, were given failing grades, Lake County passed with flying colors.
Lake County received an “A” grade for Ozone, an “A” grade for short term particulate pollution, and is ranked the Cleanest County in the Nation for annual particulate average concentrations.
Out of California’s 58 counties, Lake County is 1 of only 9 that did not have any days of ozone air pollution levels in the unhealthful range. This impressive record has been documented by continuous air quality monitoring from 2009 through 2011, which showed that fine particulate and ozone in the air never exceeded allowable levels during that time.
The ALA grades are the latest recognition of a long history of air quality accomplishments in Lake County. Strong local support for clean air measures has enabled the county to comply in full with not only the Federal Clean Air Standards, but also with the more rigorous California Standards for ozone and other air pollutants for the past 23 consecutive years. No other Air District in California can match that record.
Douglas Gearhart, Air Pollution Control Officer of the Lake County Air Quality Management District, attributes the success of the program to strong community support, cooperation of local Agencies, local Fire Protection Districts, CalFire, the local agricultural community, industry, and the District Board of Directors. “It is great to have our local community efforts nationally recognized.
This is the first number one ranking for any California County by the American Lung Association, and Lake County deserves this recognition.”