I have to say that the particle pollution for Lake County is NOT a grade 'C'. The northern half of the county is heavily tainted by particle pollution from steel mills, the Interstate 80/90 corridor and heavily traveled local roads, not to mention perpetual ethylene oxide fumes from vehicle traffic. I live here, and on a good day I'd give it a 'D' grade, and otherwise, I'd give it an 'F'. Ethylene oxide is persistent in soil with non-stop emissions, something that IS NOT being discussed. My feeling is that if you can hear the Interstate, you best be indoors because air moves sound AND pollutants, sometimes raw data needs to be collected from multiple points at the same time, and soil samples.
First published: April 22, 2020