BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A new tool developed by state environmental officials to target communities for cleanup suggests that seven of California's top 10 most polluted ZIP codes are in the San Joaquin Valley. The other three are in Los Angeles.
The study of 1,769 ZIP code areas by the Cal EPA looked at everything from pesticide use to traffic density to groundwater threats. It scored the hazards then factored in potential risks to human health such as the number of children and elderly in the region, the birth weights of infants, asthma rates and poverty.
The most immediate outcome for some of the communities might be investments and grants from the state's cap-and-trade fund, where 25 percent of the money is supposed to be earmarked to improve the state's worst pockets of pollution.
The ten California zip codes most burdened by pollution, according to a tool developed by state environmental officials to target communities for cleanup:
7)91706 Baldwin Park
8)90023 East Los Angeles
Source: California Environmental Protection Agency
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