El Dorado County Gets Sacto Smog
Nine areas in California met the 1997 national health-based air quality standard for smog (or ground-level ozone) this year, announced the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Aug. 31.
The areas that fulfilled the requirements within their regulatory deadlines include Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Mariposa, Tuolumne and portions of Sutter, Kern and Nevada counties.
The EPA determined that these areas met the requirements based on the air quality data from local and state monitors.
El Dorado County Air Pollution Control Officer Dave Johnston said that El Dorado County did not make the list because out of the five monitoring sites in the El Dorado County area, four reported ozone levels higher than regulations.
“We have monitoring sites that received a lot of air pollution,” he said. “There was air blown to these areas from Sacramento that contributed to this.”
Johnston then explained that ...