Sitting in a geographic bowl alongside the foothills, the area traps harmful air pollution and is surrounded by farmland. The entire community is considered economically disadvantaged. According to a staff report, the source of pollution is “large-scale agricultural practices, concentrated warehouse distribution centers, and oil and gas farm development.”
The report recommends a community air monitoring system, along with incentives and policies for emissions reduction.
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The area was selected by the same San Joaquin Valley steering committee that called for the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) to develop a pesticide notification system for the town of Shafter, also in Kern County.