Several times smaller than the width of a hair and about 50 times smaller than a sand particle, toxic soot is nevertheless a serious public health threat. Precisely because of its size, soot can easily enter our lungs and bloodstream -- which is why Southern California's notoriously smoggy skies are such a problem.
Toxic soot pollution comes from burning fossil fuels and has been linked to a number of health risks, including premature death, heart attacks, strokes and decreased lung function. That's why we need stronger protections under the Clean Air Act to improve air quality.
In 2009, the EPA gave the South Coast Air Basin -- which includes much of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties -- six years to meet clean air standards. And yet just months before the deadline, the area is nowhere near meeting this goal. Southern Californians continue to inhale toxic soot.
June 17, 2015 Action Alert ID# 236
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