16 April 2004
Go ahead and breathe
For the first time in years, the entire state of Oklahoma meets the Environmental Protection Agency's 8-hour ground-level ozone standards.
In recent years, parts of the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metropolitan areas have been on the EPA's nonattainment list, although it wasn't because of increased ozone, but because of tighter standards, proposed in 1997 and adopted in 2001 after court challenges.
People who don't suffer from respiratory ailments will likely notice no significant difference, except for the absence of ozone alerts in the media.
Posted at 8:38 AM to Soonerland
Good for Oklahoma:) Too bad the rest of the country doesn't seem to be doing too well--pollution seems to be pretty bad, especially in CA.
We have a couple of advantages here: relatively low population density (Oklahoma City's 520,000 people are spread over 600 square miles) and persistent high winds (average 13 mph).
I don't expect a response but would dig one. Vic Diaz is mentioned on this Dustbury site. If I'm in the wrong dept. maybe someone could direct me elsewhere? Looking for Vic for 30 years. Vitor kept the tapes when we recorded at his place in 67. and it was good stuff. Vic was in the SIRS with Jan Berry's brother. He was also in the Sinners. Any clue to wherabouts much appreciated!