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An Improved Air Quality Grade For Nevada Co

Nevada County now has one of the better air quality grades in California, but it’s still considered one of the most polluted in the country, due to its proximity to Sacramento. In its annual State of the Air report, the American Lung Association has given us a “B” for particle pollution, also known as soot, for the years 2013-2015. That’s up from a “C” for 2012-2014. But at the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District office, Air Pollution Control Specialist Sam Longmire says it’s actually not a dramatic improvement, with the grades compared to the national standard…

click to listen to Sam Longmire

Longmire says the greater concern is ground level ozone, where Nevada and all neighboring counties continue to receive “F’s”…

click to listen to Sam Longmire

The report says the Sacramento region, which includes Nevada County, did improve to its lowest number of unhealthy days for ozone pollution ever. But it remains the 8th most polluted area in the country, with Nevada County ranking 16th among all counties in the U.S.

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