Baldwin Park at No. 7
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#1 Apr 24, 2013
3 of top 10 most polluted ZIP Codes in California are in L.A. County
The most polluted ZIP Code in Southern California is in Vernon at No. 4. Also in the top 10 are Baldwin Park at No. 7 and unincorporated East Los Angeles at No. 8.
By Hector Becerra, Los Angeles Times
April 24, 2013, 8:21 p.m.
If it's any consolation to Southern California, none of its ZIP Codes claimed the top spot as the state's most polluted, according to a California Environmental Protection Agency report.
That dubious distinction went to Fresno. But three of the 10 most pollution-heavy ZIP Codes were in Los Angeles County. The other seven, including Fresno, are in the San Joaquin Valley, according to the nation's first comprehensive statewide environmental health screening tool, called CalEnviroScreen.
The top three places on the list of polluted ZIP Codes were all in the San Joaquin Valley: Fresno, Bakersfield and Stockton. In fact, two of the most polluted ZIP Codes were in Fresno and three were in Stockton.
The most polluted ZIP Code in Southern California was in Vernon, a city of only about 100 residents composed almost entirely of factories and other businesses, at No. 4. Also in the top 10 were Baldwin Park at No. 7 and unincorporated East Los Angeles at No. 8.
Sam Delson, a spokesman for the state's EPA, said the study encompassed 1,769 ZIP Codes, looking at things such as pesticide use, traffic density and groundwater pollution. He said the agency hopes the study will result in investments to tackle the problem in the most pollution-burdened communities.
"CalEnviroScreen represents an important step in honoring our commitment to address environmental justice issues for the benefit of all of California's communities and residents," said Arsenio Mataka, the EPA's assistant secretary for environmental justice.
Every major region of the state except the rural northern parts of California had some communities that were ranked among the highest 10% for combined "vulnerabilities from pollution," according to the EPA.
Overall, about half the ZIP Codes that ranked in the top 10% for pollution in the state are in the greater L.A. area, Delson said, including the Inland Empire.
"Some people expected most of these ZIP Codes to be in industrial, urban areas," Delson said Wednesday. "It was surprising to some that while many were in urban areas, a lot of them were in agricultural areas."
#2 Apr 24, 2013
No surprise when you know Baldwin Park is being run by SHIIIIT HEADS.
#4 Apr 25, 2013
Really? You think the pollution is related to who is running the City?
There are two reasons and two reasons only why BP has such high pollution.
The 10 and the 605.
#5 Apr 25, 2013
Glendora, California is a close 7 3/4 on the pollution chart released April 25, 2013.
#7 Apr 26, 2013
The 10 and 605 interchange, which they are finally changing, is the lowest rated and oldest "weave" interchange in southern California. It causes the most congestion of any major highway in the region. It's not just two freeways. It's THOSE freeways. Do some research before you call someone "dummy."
#8 Apr 26, 2013
You moron everyone saw the news. The air pollution has to do with the location of the city in relation to the freeways. I am no fan of the council but you being a complete moron doesnt help.
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