San Diego Explained: Air Pollution Around Schools

San Diego Explained: Air Pollution Around Schools

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SANDAG's big ballot measure would help fund transportation solutions that would steer clear of roads and freeways.

Traffic might be irritating, but it’s also pretty awful for your health.

Kids are the most at risk for developing asthma, cardiovascular disease and even lung cancer from the smog that pours out of tailpipes. Their lungs are still developing, and the closer they are to traffic pollution, the higher the risk.

San Diego County has the fourth-highest number of asthma cases in the country. Ten years ago, state lawmakers passed Senate Bill 352 to curb that. The law created a buffer zone for schools, and said districts couldn’t put schools within 500 feet of major freeways unless they had no other option.

READ MORE: 39 San Diego Schools Sit in the Traffic Pollution Danger Zone

But there are some exemptions, and plenty of wiggle room. Voice of San Diego reporter Joel Hoffmann and NBC 7′s Catherine Garcia talk through those loopholes in this week’s San Diego Explained.

 

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Catherine Green

Catherine Green

Catherine Green is deputy editor at Voice of San Diego. She handles daily operations while helping to plan new long-term projects. You can contact her directly at catherine.green@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.550.5668. Follow her on Twitter: @c_s_green.

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Derek Hofmann
Derek Hofmann

Dirty air costs Californians up to $1,600 per person annually (see link below). If the polluters paid that cost, they would pollute less and provide a revenue source to locate schools away from freeways. That's two benefits for the price of one, and who doesn't like two-for-one deals?Dirty Air Costs California Economy $28 Billion Annuallyhttp://calstate.fullerton.edu/news/2008/091-air-pollution-study.htmlJane V. Hall and Victor Brajer Air pollution costs the California economy more than $28 billion annually, according to a new study released today and co-authored by two Cal State Fullerton economics professors. The study, which focuses on the South C...

Derek Hofmann
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Dirty air costs Californians up to $1,600 per person annually (see link below). If the polluters paid that cost, they would pollute less and provide a revenue source to locate schools away from freeways. That's two benefits for the price of one, and who doesn't like two-for-one deals?Dirty Air Costs California Economy $28 Billion Annuallyhttp://calstate.fullerton.edu/news/2008/091-air-pollution-study.htmlJane V. Hall and Victor Brajer Air pollution costs the California economy more than $28 billion annually, according to a new study released today and co-authored by two Cal State Fullerton economics professors. The study, which focuses on the South C...

Mark Giffin
Mark Giffin

Ask anyone that grew up around here in the 50s/60s and they will tell you the smog was much worse.
At this point other than keeping kids in on bad days(poor air quality days) this looks to be one of those problems out of the book of unsolvable puzzles.

Mark Giffin
Mark Giffin subscribermember

Ask anyone that grew up around here in the 50s/60s and they will tell you the smog was much worse.
At this point other than keeping kids in on bad days(poor air quality days) this looks to be one of those problems out of the book of unsolvable puzzles.