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Today in the morning while browsing through some articles in the LA Times, an update on the South L.A oil field caught my attention. The air quality in Los Angeles has always been an issue and a battle to reduce air pollution. An oil field in South L.A has also been a health concern earlier this year. Several events have taken place a few months ago. During the month of September in the neighborhood of University Park, several residents were asked to sign their names and explain the symptoms they were having. Another resident was handling flyers to residents in the University Park to bring awareness of the air quality in their neighborhood. In October, a town hall meeting was taken place at Mount St. Mary’s College and was moderated by South Coast Quality Management District officials. In the month of November, EPA officers visited the area and had symptoms that many residents in University Park had.
As a result,the oil field is modifying their operations. According to the article, the company will be fixing any leaks and upgrade air pollution controls.The District engineers in that area, will be taking air samples during the upgrades and will continue doing so, when the restart operations. The County Environmental Health Director has stated, “The company must decide whether to invest in the best available technology to abate those odors, or shut the facility down.” So far, the company will do what is necessary to restart operations.These are scenarios that affects a community and will keep doing so if no one does anything. Just sharing information on a simple subject as air quality can make a huge difference. If you would like to read more about other air quality news and other environmental news you may follow our AirTek Weekly and our social media sites, Facebook and Twitter.