|Sonoma County scores well in air pollution report
The California Air Pollution Control Officers Association released its annual air quality report California’s Progress Toward Clean Air for all 35 local air districts in the state documenting dramatic reductions in unhealthy levels of fine particulate pollution in every county reporting air quality data.
Fine particulate pollution, also known as PM2.5, is associated with a wide range of health effects from increased hospitalizations to premature deaths. The report also shows a general trend of improving air quality for ground-level ozone.
Sonoma County spans two air districts: the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), and the Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District (NSCAPCD).
Residents in Sonoma County enjoy some of the cleanest air in California.
In Sonoma County, wood smoke continues to be the most significant source of air pollution, especially in the winter time. The particles in wood smoke have been linked to respiratory illnesses, heart and lung disease, adverse pregnancy outcomes and developmental problems for children, and even early death. Both air districts enforce regulations on indoor residential burning, and open outdoor fires as well.
The statewide report contains statistical information on ozone and PM2.5 air quality for 2000 and 2012 for each county; statewide air quality trends and detailed descriptions of air pollution control programs at each air quality district.