Air pollution costs the California economy more than US$28 billion annually, according to a recent study. The study, which focuses on the South Coast and San Joaquin Valley air basins, also found that the life- and health-threatening pollution in these regions contributes to more than 3,800 premature deaths each year.
The research determined the benefits of attaining federal ozone and PM2.5 air-quality standards by identifying and quantifying the links between air quality and exposure, exposure and ill health, and ill health and the resulting economic losses.
Source: “The Benefits of Meeting Federal Clean Air Standards in the South Coast and San Joaquin Valley Air Basins”. The executive summary and full report can be found online at http://business.fullerton.edu/centers/iees/