Sacramento – Approximately 9,000 people in California are estimated to die prematurely each year as a result of exposure to fine particle pollution, according to a report issued today by the California Air Resources Board.
The report “Estimate of Premature Deaths Associated with Fine Particle Pollution in California Using the United States Environmental Protection Agency Methodology” was released on August 31, 2010.
This report estimates the premature deaths associated with long-term public exposure to fine particulate matter air pollution (PM2.5) in California. It uses the methodology described in the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (U.S. EPA) recently released “Quantitative Health Risk Assessment for Particulate Matter”, supported by the finding in U.S. EPA’s 2009 Integrated Science Assessment that the scientific evidence shows a causal connection between premature death and exposure to PM2.5. These two U.S. EPA reports were prepared as part of U.S.