fails to meet U.S. clean air mark
Heredia, SF Chronicle
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
The Yule log
may be killing us softly.
The Bay Area's
air quality does not meet federal standards for the fine flecks
of soot and vapor that can cause heart attacks and premature
death, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Monday.
The region has
three years to get its act together, namely by reducing wood
smoke from fireplaces and exhaust from diesel engines. During
the winter, the largest single source of fine particulate matter
in the air is wood burning. The region must immediately present
its plan for cleaning the air to the federal government. If it
fails to comply, the region could lose precious transportation
"It has been
expected," said Lisa Fasano, spokeswoman for the Bay Area Air
Quality Management District, which monitors air quality and
issues wood-smoke moratoriums in the winter when still, cool air
traps smoke and other pollution and threatens people's health.