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Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:28 pm

I have been to LA multiple times between 2004 and 2006. They need all the clean air help they can get.
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Re: California, allies ready for emission-law war with Trump EPA, CARB head says

Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:31 am

Oilpan4 wrote:I have been to LA multiple times between 2004 and 2006. They need all the clean air help they can get.


They certainly do need all the help they can get, but have made tremendous strides since the 1960's. I was 7 years old the first time I visited LA and remember my eyes burning. My eyes don't burn and I can see the mountains when I visit LA now.
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Re: California, allies ready for emission-law war with Trump EPA, CARB head says

Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:27 am

Ditto. I visited a school in LA when I was looking for a college in 1976. Besides the burning eyes, I remember a guy saying 'you can't see them but there are mountains over there' while he pointed off in the direction of the San Gabriel Mountains. I somewhat regret not going to school at this place but it was just too toxic for me. It is much, much better than that now.

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Re: California, allies ready for emission-law war with Trump EPA, CARB head says

Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:26 am

I could see the mountains in 2005 too. But also a lot of haze.
My eyes were not burning. Glad I wasn't around for those days.
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Re: California, allies ready for emission-law war with Trump EPA, CARB head says

Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:10 pm

GerryAZ wrote:
Oilpan4 wrote:I have been to LA multiple times between 2004 and 2006. They need all the clean air help they can get.


They certainly do need all the help they can get, but have made tremendous strides since the 1960's. I was 7 years old the first time I visited LA and remember my eyes burning. My eyes don't burn and I can see the mountains when I visit LA now.

5 y.o. my first time (Disneyland and Marineworld). Despite it being before the Clean Air Act had passed and any pollution measures had been implemented I don't remember noticing problems with air quality even though it was summer, probably because I was distracted. I mainly remember how bad the water was compared to where I lived in the East Bay Area - lots of minerals. My dad and I drank soft drinks the whole time we were there, which was fine by me! A couple more visits to Disneyland in the sixties, then not again until '90, and even though the air was a lot better by then I noticed the pollution more. At least by then you could see the hills most of the time.
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Re: California, allies ready for emission-law war with Trump EPA, CARB head says

Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:44 pm

I grew up (and still live) across the Hudson River from an old paper mill town. One square mile, and something like three paper mills. I'd walk over the bridge after school, and the river would be filled with floating globs of yellow foam, while the air smelled of rotten eggs. I've never been to LA, but I can imagine it.
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Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:39 pm

LeftieBiker wrote:I grew up (and still live) across the Hudson River from an old paper mill town. One square mile, and something like three paper mills. I'd walk over the bridge after school, and the river would be filled with floating globs of yellow foam, while the air smelled of rotten eggs. I've never been to LA, but I can imagine it.

Industrial pollution long predates LA's primarily car-induced 'photochemical' smog, as does the word 'smog' itself, usually claimed to have been invented in 1905 (possibly in 1893 or earlier) as a contraction for (coal) smoke + fog. As far as U.S. toxic smog incidents, this one may be the worst for acute effects not caused by an accident:
1948 Donora smog
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1948_Donora_smog

The 1948 Donora smog was a historic air inversion that resulted in a wall of smog that killed 20 people and caused respiratory problems for 6,000 people of the 14,000 population of Donora, Pennsylvania,[2] a mill town on the Monongahela River 24 miles (39 km) southeast of Pittsburgh. The event is commemorated by the Donora Smog Museum.

Sixty years later, the incident was described by The New York Times as "one of the worst air pollution disasters in the nation's history".[3] Even 10 years after the incident, mortality rates in Donora were significantly higher than those in other communities nearby. . . .[4]


As for the most acutely toxic coal smog event, that would probably be this from 1952:
Great Smog of London
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Smog_of_London

The Great Smog of London, or Great Smog of 1952, was a severe air-pollution event that affected the British capital of London in early December 1952. A period of cold weather, combined with an anticyclone and windless conditions, collected airborne pollutants—mostly arising from the use of coal—to form a thick layer of smog over the city. It lasted from Friday, 5 December, to Tuesday, 9 December 1952, and then dispersed quickly when the weather changed.

It caused major disruption by reducing visibility and even penetrating indoor areas, far more severe than previous smog events experienced in the past, called "pea-soupers". Government medical reports in the following weeks, however, estimated that up until 8 December, 4,000 people had died as a direct result of the smog and 100,000 more were made ill by the smog's effects on the human respiratory tract.[citation needed] More recent research suggests that the total number of fatalities may have been considerably greater, one paper suggested about 6,000 more died in the following months as a result of the event.[3]

London had suffered since the 13th century from poor air quality,[4] which worsened in the 1600s,[5][6] but the Great Smog is known to be the worst air-pollution event in the history of the United Kingdom,[7] and the most significant in terms of its effect on environmental research, government regulation, and public awareness of the relationship between air quality and health.[3][5] It led to several changes in practices and regulations, including the Clean Air Act 1956. . . .

China's endemic smog is a factor in shortening the lives of far more people on an annual basis, and possibly they may have had more acute deaths in some events than the above, but they weren't reported.
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Re: California, allies ready for emission-law war with Trump EPA, CARB head says

Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:45 pm

I knew about London fog, and smog. Happily, there is now just one mill here, and I don't think it processes logs into pulp - which is one of the nastier parts of the process...
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Re: California, allies ready for emission-law war with Trump EPA, CARB head says

Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:59 pm

I figured you probably did but thought I'd include the info for others, and you on the off chance you weren't familiar with it. Were you aware of Donora?
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