Cancer risks drive dramatic improvement in SoCal air quality rules

On Friday, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, which encompasses Los Angeles county and all or part of several adjoining counties, took action that will improve the lives of millions of people.

Newly issued rules require major polluters to conduct health risk assessments and notify neighbors, hold public hearings, or reduce pollution.  The action they have to take will depend on how many people their air pollution emissions is projected to cause to get cancer.

The primary driver for this rule change?  “…new research shows that breathing toxic compounds poses greater health risks to young children than scientists had estimated.”

For more information, see

Air quality rules tightened after cancer risk found to be 3 times higher, LA Times

California air quality rules to tighten after cancer risk estimate triples, The Guardian