October 1, 1999 |
Though many derided it as lightweight, Gov. Gray Davis has signed legislation to require service stations to provide free air and water to motorists who buy gasoline. The bill was the brainchild of rookie Assemblywoman Nell Soto (D-Pomona), a great-grandmother whose working-class constituents complained about their inability to find air for their tires and water for their engines. Existing law requires service stations to provide air and water but allows them to charge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1988
Pardon me if I take exception to your editorial "Smog: New Spirit" (Jan. 7) that discusses the new strategies of the South Coast Air Quality Management District officials. While their ideas deserve merit, I really think they miss the mark entirely. Is everyone in this town scared stiff to mention the real problem? Dare I say it . . . developers. There, oooh that felt good. Has it occurred to anyone that slow-growth (and in some areas, no-growth) policies would go a long way towards cleaning up the air, and relieve freeway and street congestion as well?
August 3, 1996
I thought I had seen it all with NBC's Olympic coverage, which includes daily phony "live" broadcasts accompanied by dramatic movie music, maudlin up-close-and-personal athlete profiles and John Tesh posing as a sports reporter, but last Saturday night topped it all. At 9 p.m. NBC aired a commercial for TriStar's upcoming feature "The Fan." In this movie Robert De Niro plays a psychotic sports fan who becomes obsessed and begins stalking Wesley Snipes, who plays a professional baseball player.
November 7, 2002
Re "AQMD Puts Off Ban on Solvent," Nov. 2: There's a chemical that could harm me every time I go into a dry cleaner. There are alternative ways to clean clothes that are safe for workers and consumers and profitable for cleaners. And the South Coast Air Quality Management District can't decide whether to phase the poison out ... 17 years from now? With this kind of leadership, no wonder L.A.'s air is still the dirtiest in the nation. I hope the clean-air board shows some courage and gets rid of perchloroethylene.
December 20, 1991 |
Outside air has been pumped into Biosphere II to compensate for leakage, operators acknowledged Thursday, but they denied that it violates their goal of creating a sealed, self-sustaining world. About 600,000 cubic feet of air was pumped in Dec. 9, amounting to about 10% of the air in the glass-enclosed world, said Bill Dempster of Space Biospheres Ventures. Eight people went into the project Sept. 26 and plan to remain sealed inside for two years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 2008 |
Anybody breathing in the Los Angeles Basin during this month's wildfires knows the air was bad. But it's worse than you think. Researchers analyzing air samples taken during the October 2007 wildfires in Southern California found some nasty stuff in the smoke that blanketed the region. It was full of tiny particles -- 100,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair -- that can penetrate into the lower lung and migrate into the bloodstream. Their complex chemical composition makes them slightly more toxic than pollutants in a freeway corridor -- and they are spread over a much wider area.
October 24, 1992 |
Scientists say that further tests will be needed to determine if air samples taken Friday from a 17th-Century sealed lead coffin are pre-Industrial Revolution quality. The seal of the coffin found buried under the site of Colonial America's first Roman Catholic chapel appeared to be intact, but preliminary tests of the air were inconclusive, said Benjamin C. Bradlee, the former Washington Post editor who is chairman of the Historic St. Mary's City Commission.
March 3, 2009 |
The Environmental Protection Agency will soon begin testing the air around schools for toxic contaminants. The $2.25-million program will be the first of its kind. Monitors will focus on chemicals known to cause cancer and respiratory and neurological problems. States and local governments will monitor the air at 50 to 100 schools near industrial facilities or in cities with high concentrations of pollution.