Government Testing Finds Air in Gulf Like Los Angeles on a Bad Day

by Marian Wang

Air monitoring by the EPA shows that along parts of Gulf Coast, the air may be unhealthy for people “who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.”

The numbers reflected by the real-time air monitoring maps tend to fluctuate, but as of this morning, about half of the 29 sampling sites showed “moderate” levels of particulate matter pollution—that’s down from yesterday afternoon, when most of air sampling sites were “moderate” rather than “good.”

The Louisiana Bucket Brigade, an environmental health and justice organization, said this week that while the EPA’s monitoring program does “represent progress,” it “falls short in many ways.”

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