A dubious honor – new analysis shows that Pittsburg is in the top 15% of communities in the Bay Area who are most affected by air pollution.
In recent work, the people who study and regulate air pollution in the Bay Area (BAAQMD – the Bay Area Air Quality Management District) developed a new statistical measure for figuring out which communities experience the most direct health impacts from air pollution. They incorporated
- rates of cancer,
- rates of early death, and
- increased healthcare costs.
Using this method, called the Pollution-Vulnerability Index, they were able to show that Pittsburg is one of the most impacted communities in the Bay Area – something that is not obvious from just looking at the levels of different pollutants.
Below you can see that Pittsburg is one of only 7 communities in the Bay Area to have this distinction. Pittsburg already bears a high burden from pollution. We don’t deserve another large industrial project adding to our toxic load.
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Image Credit: Page 25 of “Identifying Impacted Communities“.