SCAQMD Extends Smoke Advisory Due to Cranston Fire

A wildfire, named the Cranston Fire, is burning to the east of Hemet in Riverside County within the San Bernardino National Forest.  The burn area was last reported at 11,500 acres with three percent containment.  A second fire, called the Ribbon Fire, is burning to the west of Pinyon in Riverside County.  Southerly winds this morning will transition to an onshore flow this afternoon with predicted gusts up to 25 mph.  Winds will then transition to a northwesterly wind during the evening and overnight hours.  During the overnight and early morning hours, downslope winds might bring smoke into the valleys west of the fire. 

Environmental Justice conference aims to strengthen relationships in the community

Last week, more than 200 community activists and champions of the Environmental Justice fight gathered together in downtown Los Angeles at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angeles to hold their annual conference hosted by the South Coast Air Quality Managements District.{SCAQMD} SCAQMD is the air pollution control agency for all of Orange County and the urban portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, among the smoggiest regions of the U.S. The agency is committed to protecting the health of residents, while remaining sensitive to businesses. SCAQMD’s Environmental Justice program began in 1997 with the Ethnic Advisory

SCAQMD Requires Refineries to Conduct Fenceline Air Monitoring

The South Coast Air Quality Management District today adopted a landmark requirement for the region’s eight major oil refining facilities to provide the public with real-time, fenceline air monitoring data by 2020.   The refineries also will have to pay SCAQMD to establish and operate air monitoring systems in communities near the facilities, also by 2020.   “Fenceline air monitoring data can provide information to residents and agencies about routine emissions as well as accidental releases,” said Wayne Nastri, SCAQMD’s executive officer. “It also can help quickly identify sources of leaks which will lead to further emission reductions at refineries.”