L.A. Taking Back Title of U.S. Smog Capital

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L.A. Taking Back Title of U.S. Smog Capital

(KFWB) 11.01.01, 1:22p --

Los Angeles is about to regain the throne for the smog capital of the country. The city has managed to outpace Houston, which has held the title for two years, even though it has had some of the lowest ozone levels in history. Smog season ends tomorrow. South Coast AQMD's executive director says L.A. will actually mark a third straight year without any Stage One Alerts and the cleanest year on record. "Remarkable progress is continuing to be made in Southern California for a healthier environment," said Dr. Barry Wallerstein.

He tells KFWB the goal is to clear more vehicle pollution, especially from diesel trucks. L.A.'s ozone danger period ended yesterday with recorded ozone levels exceeding national health standards on 36 days. Houston's season has another month to go. It has recorded 30 such days and experts do not expect it to overtake L.A.

-- PHO (owennos@bigfoot.com), November 02, 2001

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