Fact 2: Poor Air Quality
Burning the orchard waste to remove biomass looks appealing when compared to existing options. All a farmer needs is a permit to burn legally. However, the San Joaquin Valley is shaped in a way that traps air and pollutants in the area. According to the EPA, the San Joaquin Valley has some of the worst air in the nation and is not in compliance with National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone and particulate matter pollutants.
Diesel emissions from a truck.
Bakersfield frequently ranks for having some of the poorest air in the US. Not only does Bakersfield have poor air quality due to open burning and refineries, but unburned hydrocarbons, NOx, ammonia, and soot emitted from diesel trucks cause further pollution. These emissions cause ground-level ozone formation and ammonium nitrate, which cause health issues for residents.