The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is stepping in and coming to the aid of the San Joaquin Valley in California after historically poor air quality conditions have left the region fearful.
"Four times more people die in the San Joaquin Valley from air pollution than they do from traffic fatalities," Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator, told Recordnet.com.
The poor air quality is a common occurrence in the region. Environmental factors such as La Nina weather patterns and the cold and warm temperature switches combine to keep normal pollution levels from cars and factories lower than they'd otherwise be within the local atmosphere. Even so, the damage can be substantial, and homeowners in the region are encouraged to limit exposure to pollution. Investing in an IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier reduces homeowners' toxin exposure while inside the home.
Efforts are still being made to control pollution levels in San Joaquin Valley. The area is home to a large amount of American crop production, and the EPA has declared to spend $5 million in an effort to promote clean air in the area.
"[The EPA is] going to be a player in this, as opposed to just an oversight big brother that doesn't have a stake in what's going on here," Seyed Sadredin, director of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, told the news source. "I'm really encouraged by their interest in doing this."