Air Quality

The atmosphere is a complex, natural gaseous system that is essential to support life, which holds many connections to human health.  Therefore, all of us face some health risk from polluted air. Air pollution occurs when undesirable amounts of chemicals, particulate matter, or biological materials enter the atmosphere. It can be natural or result from human activities.

Sources of air pollution are also found indoors - and a lack of ventilation concentrates air pollution where people often spend the majority of their time.  Indoor sources of pollution include Tobacco Smoke, Abestos, Mold, VOCs, Carbon Monoxide, and Radon.

Standards and Regulations
The San Diego County Air Pollution Control District strives to protect San Diego County from the harmful effects of air pollution. The District develops local air quality rules and regulations, identifies the pollution-control measures needed to attain and maintain air quality standards, and fosters community involvement. The District has ten monitoring stations that continuously record pollution levels. The District works with business, through a Small Business Assistance Program, to simplify permit processing and assist them with regulatory compliance.

To check on outdoor air quality in your area, click on the following link: http://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/dmpr/gfx/appcenter/index.html

Other Important Links on Air Quality:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

San Diego Air Pollution Control District

CA Department of Public Health Indoor Air Quality Section

Indoor Air Quality and Personal Exposure Assessment Program

Occupational Health Branch of the CA Department of Public Health

American Lung Association