Air Pollution

Air Pollution in National Parks

May 13, 2019

Recently the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) published a report stating that 85% of parks deal with unhealthy air due to ozone. While ozone is thought of typically resulting from vehicle and industrial emissions, park plants also emit compounds that react with NOx gasses to make ozone.

Weaknesses in Benicia's Air Monitoring System discovered after Valero's march Pollution Release

April 11, 2019

In March, Valero's Benicial refinery spit out pollution which caused city officials to warn residents to stay indoors. The Bay Area Air Quality Monitoring District sent a van to monitor the situation because currently there is no stationary air quality monitoring device in the residential areas despite the fact that it's home to one of the largest refineries in California. 

As explained in the article "Valer's March Pollution Release Exposes Weaknesses in Benicia's Air Monitoring System" by Ted Goldberg: 

KQED: Valero's Benicia Refinery Now Target of Several Probes Into Pollution Releases

March 26, 2019

An article by Ted Goldberg of KQED News has looked into the release of a large unexpected plume of petroleum coke dust by Valero's Benicia refinery. The release had local fire officials encouraging people with respiratory problems to avoid activity outdoors. 

A partial shutdown of the facility resulted from this incident. This is considered the worst breakdown since a 2017 power outage.

California Wildfires: The New Normal

December 13, 2018

In the pilot episode of ABC10’s new series, The New Normal, California’s leaders tell us we’ve entered a “new normal” of more intense wildfires. ABC10 explores the recent California wildfires, what experts are doing to prevent deadly mega-fires, and the struggles between letting fires burn and air pollution.

Anthony Wexler shows ABC10 the mobile air monitoring stations used to measure wildfire smoke and how the pollution is a big obstacle to the burning plan.

Watch the entire episode this Friday at 11pm on ABC10 or on YouTube below

California Wildfire Smoke

November 14, 2018

National Public Radio shares an update on the California Wildfires and how the smoke is affecting people far and wide.  "This is a whole new game" said Dr. Tony Wexler.  Raquel Maria Dillon of KQED said Dr. Wexler emphasized that people exposed to heavy smoke over days, weeks, and even months could have adverse health implications, which is a concrete effect of climate change.