AIR ALERT: NOVEMBER, 2019

FINE PARTICLE POLLUTION (PM2.5) CHRONICALLY IMPACTING THE VALLEY, TAKE PRECAUTIONS

 

PM2.5 are particles in the air that are so small they can bypass the body’s normal defenses and move directly into the bloodstream. Chronic exposure to PM2.5 of 12 micrograms or more (AQI of 50) is linked to the development of heart and lung diseases. When PM2.5 spikes to 35 micrograms or more (AQI of 100+), it can incite events in sensitive populations – like an asthma attack, heart attack, stroke or premature death. “Sensitive populations” include those under the age of 18, pregnant mothers, those over the age of 65, and those with a chronic lung and/or heart disease. Roughly half the population of the Valley is considered “sensitive.” Please see our “Know the Air” and “Protect Your Health” webpages under our Resources tab for more information, and contact info@calcleanair.org if you have any questions.

WHO ARE WE?

The Central Valley Air Quality (CVAQ) Coalition leads a partnership of more than 70 organizations in the fight for clean air for the San Joaquin Valley, our nation’s most polluted air basin. Founded in 2003, CVAQ is a project of a registered public non-profit.

WHY DO WE EXIST?

We exist to ensure that all communities – of all races, cultures, classes and creeds – have the opportunity to be involved in the policy development and regulatory processes improving regional health.

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