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Heat and Drought Heighten Air Pollution Concerns

The drought has also worsened air particle pollution in 25 California counties this summer, although Nevada County is not among those. And with the extreme heat this week, Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District Executive Director Gretchen Bennett says she’s not sure that will worsen smog, but there may be that potential…

click to listen to Gretchen Bennett
Bennett says winter air quality is actually worse in Nevada County, with fewer breezes from fewer storm systems…

click to listen to Gretchen Bennett
But Bennett says the extreme wildfire danger holds the potential for more smoky skies. Reasons for higher particle pollution in other parts of the state also include more fallow farmland creating dust.

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