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A recently published report by Time magazine ranks Merced's air pollution as the worst in the country, but local air pollution control officials say the report is flawed and based on incomplete data, and that the situation is not as bad as it seems.
The Fresno Bee For the first time on record, summer passed here without a dangerous peak in dirty air. Could it finally be time to celebrate a historic moment the San Joaquin Valley no longer in violation of the federal one-hour ozone standard?...
Text Size: tool goes here As the economy shrunk government budgets over the past five years, a special air district fund quietly has grown tenfold -- beyond $100 million annually. But it's no slush fund, and it isn't the target of activist lawsuits.
tool goes here The Valley's summertime air is dangerous at times -- 91 ozone violations and counting this year. And you're paying a $29 million annual fine for failing to clean it up faster...Not really, say environmentalists, health advocates and
A local activist and the Valley air district's leaders again are debating the dirty air part of the equation. Last Friday, an intense ozone episode triggered a one-hour violation in Parlier. One more of these peak violations in Parlier this summer
Check Before You Burn runs from November through February each winter and restricts the use of residential wood-burning devices when air quality deteriorates, in order to prevent the buildup of fine particulate matter (PM2.5). While the two previous
Text Size: tool goes here The Environmental Protection Agency this morning will announce that it's sending $21 million to help clean the air in the smoggy San Joaquin Valley and elsewhere in California. In addition, the federal agency will roll out
Amid the pines and incense cedar in Sequoia National Park, the five o'clock rush hour often is limited to squirrels, mule deer and the occasional skunk crossing the road. Visitors see spectacular 13,000-foot peaks, the largest trees on the planet and
Visitors see spectacular 13,000-foot peaks, the largest trees on the planet and far fewer idling cars than at Yosemite National Park. So the downside here seems unbelievable: Sequoia's Ash Mountain entrance this year was the worst smog trap in the
A blitz of bad-air alerts will fill Twitter, Facebook and maybe even flashing freeway signs on a half-dozen summer days when ozone peaks dangerously in the San Joaquin Valley. The local air board on Thursday is expected to approve the alerts, which