Smog monitors to be installed near SoCal freeways

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Air quality officials will install monitors near busy Southern California freeways next year — part of a nationwide plan to provide a better look at traffic-caused pollution in 100 major cities.

The Los Angeles Times says the monitors could provide important information to nearly 1 million Southern Californians who live close to a freeway, which puts them at greater risk of respiratory illness.

Under federal EPA rules, four monitors will be placed near major roadways to measure nitrogen oxides, fine particulates and carbon monoxide. Cars, trucks and buses now account for nearly half of the smog-forming pollution in Southern California.

Some potential candidates for the monitors include Interstate 5 in Anaheim and Interstate 710 in Long Beach.

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