Smog Checks and Air Pollution
Air pollution has several damaging effects on the environment and its inhabitants such as Acidification. Those who live in the heavily populated urban areas of California know this too well. According to www.americasmog.com, cities in California have the worst particle pollution or smog. You may have already experienced the short-term effects without even realizing it. If you have a heavy cough or even slight eye irritation, you could be feeling short-term effects of this terrible ailment plaguing California and other urban areas worldwide.
There are two types of smog: reducing smog and photochemical smog. Reducing smog is an air pollution with large concentrations of smoke sulfur dioxide. Photochemical smog has ozone as well as other oxidants. California cities are known for having this type of smog because this smog is more common in sunny areas.
Particulate matter can cause eye irritation, breathing problems, and even bronchitis. The long-term effects are more serious and disturbing. Those who have frequent long-term exposure can have serious ailments such as emphysema or even cancer. Smog is one of the most well-known forms of air pollution but there are others.
Once Chemicals omit into the air, the pollutants can cause a chemical reaction. The pollutants combine with the “water droplets’ creating a dangers acidic precipitation known as acid rain. Once this rain falls it can harm everything it touches such as vegetation and man-made structures. Acid Rain is just one of the more commonly known risk factors created by pollutant the air.
Other little-known problems caused by acid rain are ground level ozone gas. It is also caused by a chemical reaction. it’s a poisonous gas that can cause health problems in human and animals. Eutrophication is when rain carries and deposits nitrogen into the rivers, lakes and soil. These Nitrogen deposits cause algae growth. This algae growth is toxic to the areas and causes more environmental problems to the inhabitants.
Luckily the United State Environmental Protection Agency or EPA established The Clean Air Act of 1970 to protect the air quality of the public. This law gave authority the EPA to set Nationwide Standards. The EPA has federally mandated emissions laws in California as well as other states to protect the public from air pollution as well as other forms of pollution. One of the more well-known laws in California requires light weight automobiles that manufactured in 1976 or later to be inspected by TCalifornia Smog Check Program. This program requires that the car be rechecked every 2 years. This law also requires that a seller of car more than four years have it checked before being sold.
There are a number of law put in place by the EPA to regulate businesses, manufactures and heavy-duty vehicles. Because of these laws mandated inspections and regulations to help reduce smog and its harmful effects on the public. People who inhabit the cities of California may never have the luxury of clean, pure air but it could be a lot worse if the EPA had not started enforcing regulations.