The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is the air pollution control agency for all of Orange County and the urban portions of Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties. This area of 10,743 square miles is home to over 16 million people, about 1/2 the population of the whole state of California. It is the 2nd most populated urban area in the United States and one of the smoggiest.
Impact of Air Pollution
Different types and levels of air pollution can cause or contribute to everything from watery eyes and fatigue to respiratory disease, lung damage, cancer, birth defects, and premature death. Because this area’s smog problem is so severe, AQMD often finds itself at the forefront of the nation’s emission reduction efforts.
A lot of our pollution comes from the products and services we use every day. We can all help by making some simple changes in the way we live: