Lake County Cleanest Air In The Nation-3 Years in a Row


Douglas G. Gearhart
Air Pollution Control Officer
Fax (707) 263-0421
2617 South Main Street
Lakeport, CA 95453
Phone (707) 263-7000

The American Lung Association (ALA) released its annual State of the Air 2015 Report. State and local area air quality are graded on an A through F scale by comparing local ozone and smallparticulate concentrations with the federal air quality standards. Although many areas, especially within California, were given failing grades, Lake County passed with flying colors.

Lake County received a “B” grade for Ozone, an “A” grade for short term particulate pollution, and is ranked the Cleanest County in the Nation for annual particulate average concentrations for an unprecedented third consecutive year. Out of California’s 58 counties, Lake County is 1 of only 8 counties in California that did not have any days of particulate matter exceeds from 2011 through 2013. This impressive record has been documented by continuous air quality monitoring, which showed that fine particulate in the air never exceeded allowable levels during that time.

The report presents data showing what the residents of Lake County actually are breathing on a daily basis. It does not exclude wildfire impacts or other natural events that may be excluded when determining our attainment status. This shows that despite the Wye, Walker, and Scotts fires, the residents of Lake County overall still enjoy the cleanest air in the Nation.
The ALA grades are the latest recognition of a long history of air quality accomplishments in Lake County. Strong local support for clean air measures has enabled the county to comply in full with not only the Federal Clean Air Standards, but also with the more rigorous California Standards for ozone and other air pollutants for the past 24 consecutive years. No other Air District in California can match that record.

Douglas Gearhart, Air Pollution Control Officer of the Lake County Air Quality Management District, attributes the success of the program to strong community support, cooperation of local Agencies, Fire Protection Districts, CalFire, the agricultural community, industry, the District Board of Directors, and to the dedication and hard work of AQMD staff. “It is great to have our local community’s efforts nationally recognized. To be ranked number one for three consecutive years is unprecedented, and something our community should be proud of and enjoy. ”

Lake County Ranked 1st in the Nation for Clean Air
by the American Lung Association for the 3rd Year in a Row
Douglas Gearhart, APCO @ 263-7000

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