California is a major global goods movement hub with massive port complexes, expansive warehouse distribution centers, and sprawling agricultural industry. In addition, with nearly 40 million residents, California has a booming service industry, including public transportation, waste management, and schools.
The California Landscape
Nation’s Worst Air Quality
- Pollution caused by the activities of the nearly 40 million residents (12.5% of the U.S. population);
- The topography (i.e., mountains and valleys) traps pollution; and
- The warm, sunny climate helps form ozone and other air pollutants.
Several counties remain out of compliance with federally mandated standards for healthy air. In fact, 9 out of 10 of the nation’s most ozone-polluted counties are in California.*
Living in areas with poor air quality increases the risk of:
- Lung Cancer
- Heart Disease
- Premature Death
#1 Source of Harmful Emissions
The engines that power these sectors are often diesel engines. Many on the road today, don’t meet the EPA’s current emission standards.
*“State of the Air.” American Lung Association, 2017.