Sequoia NP Awarded Worst Air Pollution

Park tops the AP's list for smog and ozone

Near Springville, California

Near Springville, California     Photo: Oliver Renck/Getty

On Monday, the Associated Press named California's Sequoia National Park as having the worst air pollution of any national park in the country. With startlingly high smog levels and an ozone reading that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers "unhealthy for everyone," conservation officials are raising concerns that the air is unsafe for visitors and the park's iconic trees. “Ozone levels here are comparable to urban settings such as L.A.,” said Emily Schrepf of the non-profit advocacy group the National Park Conservation Association. “It’s just not right.” The AP named ozone as responsible for the deaths of ponderosa pines and young redwood seedlings. This year, the level of ozone in the park has already exceeded federal health standards.

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