Discussing air pollution in Kern County

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Air pollution is a hot topic around Kern County, and local experts gathered Saturday, Jan. 6 to educate the community on this continued issue. 

The Central Valley Air Quality Coalition held its “Air Pollution In Your Neighborhood” talk at Hodel’s Country Dining.   

Attendees received a breakfast. Admission was $13 for adults and $6 for children. 

Discussions included winter time pollution, tips on people protecting themselves when the air is bad and how the community can work to improve air quality in Kern County. 

“It has to do with the weather,” said Genevieve Gale, policy associate with Central Valley Air Quality Coalition. “So in the winter time, cold weather helps to formulate that fine particulate matter. We also live in a bowl. We have mountain ranges to the west, to the east and to the south, so we have a valley where air pollution accumulates. Then we have lots of sources of pollution.”

Gale added if people are interested in helping make some changes to the pollution in Kern, they should bring awareness to the issue by writing to representatives.

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