- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - The San Joaquin Valley had three weeks of healthy air in July for the first time in 20 years.

The Fresno Bee reports (https://bit.ly/1hhS1vl ) that for 21 days last month, the air didn’t exceed the eight-hour federal health standard for ozone - a harmful gas that attacks the lungs, skin and eyes. The Valley averages only five or six good air days a month.

The Valley had thunderstorms, cloudy days and steady breezes in July, which meteorologists say affects air quality as unsettled conditions can break up the ozone.

The head of San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District says the healthy air days can be attributed to tough air regulations and investments in clean-air technology.

People most susceptible to ozone are children, the elderly and those with lung problems.

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Information from: The Fresno Bee, https://www.fresnobee.com


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