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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | December 15, 2011
Improving air quality in the Imperial and Mexicali valleys has long been something the average person on both sides of the border could agree upon. Yet because of the complexity and enormity of the issue, the average person is often left feeling that there is not much he or she can do to effect positive change. So it is cause for elation when the federal government delivers a piece of legislation that, while not far-reaching or as controversial as emission standards, is an unmistakable step in the right direction toward cleaner skies.
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By JULIO MORALES | Staff Writer, Copy Editor | April 18, 2013
Acknowledging the “daunting challenges” that remain before reaching air quality standards, the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association nonetheless cited its “remarkable progress” toward that end. Despite the state's population having increased by 65 percent between 1980 and 2010, and the daily miles driven by all vehicles increasing by 137 percent, smog-forming pollutants were reduced by 55 percent during the same period, according...
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ELIZABETH VARIN | Staff Writer | July 27, 2012
Imperial County and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have reached an agreement over air quality concerns locally. The county announced today that its Air Pollution Control District entered into a settlement agreement with the EPA that will resolve a lawsuit pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals, according to a press release from the county. That lawsuit is based on a ruling the EPA gave to disapprove of some of the air district's regulations having to do with dust mitigation.
NEWS
By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer | December 13, 2004
The county Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing Tuesday to consider increasing the local motor vehicle surcharge fee by $2, to $6, and use the money to reduce air pollution. The board meets in open session at 9:30 a.m. in the County Administration Center, 940 W. Main St., suite 211, El Centro. The public hearing is set for 11. The new fee, if approved, would raise about $244,000 annually, according to a board agenda staff report. The report states the county would use the money to match grants from the state.
NEWS
September 23, 2007
For the past year we were hearing people say the best place for exercise is out of the city or at the park where the air is clean. but I?m not sure about that anymore. The other day I took my children to take a walk out of the city, where my parents used to live. There are green fields around their house where my parents love to take a walk before they had dinner. My children were excited. We stared walking and my daughter was riding her bicycle, we had like 15 minutes walking when we saw a big cloud of smoke on the sky. My son asked me, ?
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By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer | December 18, 2001
The El Centro City Council will hear a presentation about air pollution expected from an under-construction power plant in Mexicali. The presentation will be made by county Air Pollution Control Officer Stephen Birdsall and will be about the 750 megawatt plant owned by Boston-based InterGen Aztec Energy. No action is expected. City councils throughout the Imperial Valley have been asked to support a lawsuit against InterGen because of the expected amount of air pollution from the plant.
NEWS
March 29, 2005
The March 18 article "Study: Field burns have ?significant' impact" needs clarification on the issue of agricultural burnings' contribution to PM10 particulate air pollution. According to University of Utah researcher Kerry Kelly, agricultural burning is a significant contributor to the "organic component" of PM10 in her group's study, which was reported in the article. Kelly added her researchers are still working on determining what portion of total PM10 air pollution in the Imperial Valley comes from agricultural burning.
NEWS
March 18, 2007
Concerning the article from Wednesday, March 14, about the 111/74 bypass, I think the people in charge should play the ?health card? and state that the sooner the bypass is built, the less air pollution the I.V. will have as a result. SKY AINSWORTH, EL Centro
NEWS
December 31, 2001
Lately I have been reading about Supervisor Joe Maruca being very concerned about the air pollution that the power plants in Mexicali will produce and that it will affect the quality of the air in the Imperial Valley. Well, I am also concerned about the air I breathe, but my concerns are with our side of the border. The burning of the fields is also causing a lot of air pollution in the Valley. As I write this letter Dec. 27 the smell of the burned fields is bad and making me sick and I have not read anything of Supervisor Maruca trying to stop that.
NEWS
July 25, 2013
I'm a little concerned regarding who is paying for this construction at Bucklin Park right now. I noticed that they have removed a border of the sidewalk they already constructed like a week ago. I don't know what went wrong, but who pays for all this material, the machines and for the workers? I don't know if it comes from our taxes. Can you please investigate this issue? - Park Lover, El Centro Fear not, Park Lover, the paving of the south-side parking lot at Bucklin is mostly being paid for by a California Mitigation Air Quality grant meant to cut down the amount of dust in the air by paving the lot. The project cost about $140,000, with $16,000 in matching funds from impact fees the Parks and Recreation Department receives.
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NEWS
July 25, 2013
I'm a little concerned regarding who is paying for this construction at Bucklin Park right now. I noticed that they have removed a border of the sidewalk they already constructed like a week ago. I don't know what went wrong, but who pays for all this material, the machines and for the workers? I don't know if it comes from our taxes. Can you please investigate this issue? - Park Lover, El Centro Fear not, Park Lover, the paving of the south-side parking lot at Bucklin is mostly being paid for by a California Mitigation Air Quality grant meant to cut down the amount of dust in the air by paving the lot. The project cost about $140,000, with $16,000 in matching funds from impact fees the Parks and Recreation Department receives.
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OPINION
By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | April 19, 2013
So much has already been said about Imperial County's air pollution, but in a state that appears to be winning the battle of historically horrible air quality, particularly in the Los Angeles basin, there is hope yet for the air we breathe here. The California Air Pollution Control Officers Association, which has Imperial County Air Pollution Control District Officer Brad Poiriez at its helm as chairman, recently reported the state's “remarkable progress” toward meeting stricter air quality standards.
NEWS
By JULIO MORALES | Staff Writer, Copy Editor | April 18, 2013
Acknowledging the “daunting challenges” that remain before reaching air quality standards, the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association nonetheless cited its “remarkable progress” toward that end. Despite the state's population having increased by 65 percent between 1980 and 2010, and the daily miles driven by all vehicles increasing by 137 percent, smog-forming pollutants were reduced by 55 percent during the same period, according...
OPINION
By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | October 18, 2012
One would assume that a lightly populated area with wide open spaces would not have a big problem with air pollution. In the case of Imperial County, one would be wrong. Imperial County, in fact, has a serious air pollution issue. Some of the problem stems from ozone and other pollutants coming across the border from the teeming city of Mexicali, but a major air pollution issue here is dust, and much of that dust comes from right here in Imperial County. The dust problem is exacerbated when the wind blows, and the wind blows frequently here, particularly in the spring, when gusts are regular and hard.
NEWS
ELIZABETH VARIN | Staff Writer | July 27, 2012
Imperial County and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have reached an agreement over air quality concerns locally. The county announced today that its Air Pollution Control District entered into a settlement agreement with the EPA that will resolve a lawsuit pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals, according to a press release from the county. That lawsuit is based on a ruling the EPA gave to disapprove of some of the air district's regulations having to do with dust mitigation.
OPINION
By CHRIS CHRISTENSEN | El Centro | July 11, 2012
I read your “Opinion” article about agricultural burning and noticed you really did not seem to have one. Tom Brundy was very clear with his. Mr. Brundy thinks anyone against it is ignorant. Well, I would like to be counted with the ignorant crowd when it comes to preferring fresh clean air as opposed to thick clouds of smoke and haze. I think Mr. Brundy should be allowed to burn all the fields he wants as long as they are close by his house so his children and grandchildren can appreciate his contribution to their environment.
NEWS
By ALEJANDRO DAVILA and ELIZABETH VARIN | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writers | April 26, 2012
The grades are in, and how did Imperial County's air quality fare? A “D,” an “F” and a “Pass.” The American Lung Association released its annual State of the Air report, spelling out how different areas' air quality measures up, and Imperial County, along with most of the state of California, received failing grades. Not only did California cities top the nationwide list of ozone pollution, short-term particle pollution and annual particle pollution, but also Imperial County ranked in the top 25 for its ozone levels.
OPINION
By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | December 15, 2011
Improving air quality in the Imperial and Mexicali valleys has long been something the average person on both sides of the border could agree upon. Yet because of the complexity and enormity of the issue, the average person is often left feeling that there is not much he or she can do to effect positive change. So it is cause for elation when the federal government delivers a piece of legislation that, while not far-reaching or as controversial as emission standards, is an unmistakable step in the right direction toward cleaner skies.
NEWS
By ELIZABETH VARIN | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | April 28, 2011
Depending on whom one asks, Imperial County's air quality is either greatly improving or failing. The American Lung Association put out its annual State of the Air report Wednesday, and Imperial County got a failing grade, according to the organization. The area was even ranked as having the 13th worst ozone levels in the nation. The region's ozone levels received an “F,” while particle pollution during a 24-hour period received a “D” grade, according to the report. The annual level of particle pollution, which is made of tiny particles in the air that come from things like dust storms, burning and gas emissions, passed with a “B” grade.
NEWS
By SILVIO J. PANTA | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | August 12, 2010
Despite strong opposition from a number of Ocotillo-area residents, the county’s Planning Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to recommend the three-phase development of the controversial Wind Zero training facility. The seven-member vote leaves it up to the Imperial County Board of Supervisors to give its final approval Sept. 14. If approved, construction on the project that Brandon Webb, chief executive officer of Wind Zero, has sought for more than three years is expected to begin in about nine months.
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