SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— People in the Bay Area are breathing cleaner air these days, according to a new statewide report that credits ‘Spare the Air’ days as one factor. However, officials from the Alameda County Health Department have said dirty air is still a problem for many people in their area.
Ralph Bohrman with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said certain areas are seeing a significant drop in unhealthy levels of fine particulate matter, but in places like West Oakland, Richmond and Martinez it’s a different story.
“There are certain communities that are either near highways, freeways, near the port,” said Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan.
In fact, three zip-codes in Oakland have the highest asthma rates in the state.
Brenda Yamashita with the Alameda County Health Department said that won’t be changing anytime soon.