April 21, 2019
Coachella Valley air quality may be downgraded
PALM DESERT – (INT) – Air quality in the Coachella Valley could be reclassified under a move by the Air Quality Management District (AQMD).

The AQMD is seeking to reclassify the 8-hour federal standard for ozone as ‘extreme’ in the valley. Under the valley’s current classification as ‘severe 15’, the valley had until June to meet the federal air quality standard of .08ppm of ozone.

The AQMD is asking the federal EPA to give it five additional years to reach attainment with the ‘extreme’ designation.

Elevated ozone levels in the Coachella Valley are the result of emissions carried downwind from the Los Angeles area. However, blowing desert dust and airborne emissions in the summer from the Salton Sea have fouled the valley’s air.

The new “extreme” classification, if approved by U.S. EPA, would result in stricter emissions thresholds for major stationary sources in the area.
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