Environmental Health Hazards Impacting The City Of Long Beach

Posted by Greg Korst on May 22, 2019 11:00:00 AM

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When it comes to air quality, Long Beach and Los Angeles County rank among the most polluted areas in the nation. According to the 2019 “State of the Air” report released by the American Lung Association (ALA) last month, Southern California residents “face the most challenging air pollution levels in the United States.”

Emisions that contribute to pollution include those of the vehicles that crisscross the several thousand miles of streets inside the Los Angeles Basin, as well as the ship traffic and cargo handling equipment in the San Pedro Bay ports.

“Long Beach, San Pedro and all communities along the diesel truck routes that lead to and from the ports suffer from increased diesel particulate pollution due to the diesel-powered ships, trains, trucks, cargo handling equipment and other machinery involved in freight movement in Southern California,” David Pettit, senior attorney at the National Resources Defense Council, told the Long Beach Business Journal.

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Tags: Emissions, Air Quality, Pollution, Ports