South Coast Air Quality Management District

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Newport Beach to consider natural gas fire rings

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The Newport Beach City Council will weigh whether to install natural-gas burning fire rings on certain beaches as part of a pilot project. The Los Angeles Times reports city staff […]

11/24/2013

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400 firefighters battle the Madre Fire north of Azuza

AZUSA (CNS) – A fire that began north of Azusa late Monday and burned into the Angeles National Forest, scorching about 250 acres, was 30 percent contained as of midday today, the U.S. Forest Service […]

09/24/2013

Beach goers stand around a fire pit, Huntington Beach, California (AP Photo)

SoCal smog agency votes on stricter fire pit regs

DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (AP) — Southern California pollution regulators have voted to keep a healthy distance between fire pits and beach community homes. The South Coast Air Quality Management District board voted 7-6 Friday to […]

07/12/2013

Beach goers stand around a fire pit, Huntington Beach, California (AP Photo)

Newport Beach shifts tactics in fire pit ban fight

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) – Newport Beach has withdrawn an application to state regulators to remove five dozen fire rings from the city’s beaches, but the bonfire battle isn’t over. City Manager Dave Kiff sent […]

07/03/2013

Beach goers stand around a fire pit, Huntington Beach, California (AP Photo)

Air Quality Management to hear from public on fire pit restrictions

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Tempers might get a little hot in Southern California as smog regulators consider plans to limit beach fire pits. The South Coast Air Quality Management District will hear public testimony […]

06/13/2013

Beach goers stand around a fire pit, Huntington Beach, California (AP Photo)

State lawmakers backing beach fire rings

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers have weighed in on the burning issue of banning fire pits at California beaches. The Orange County Register says the state Assembly last month approved a nonbinding resolution supporting […]

06/12/2013

Beach goers stand around a fire pit, Huntington Beach, California (AP Photo)

Tests show Calif beach bonfires hurt air quality

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Preliminary testing shows that wood smoke from beach bonfires that dot the Southern California coastline is hurting air quality near the fire pits and in adjacent neighborhoods. The South Coast […]

05/15/2013

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State shuts down SoCal hazardous battery recycler

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State environmental officials have ordered a Southern California battery recycling company to suspend operations after they say it discharged hazardous metal sludge into leaking pipelines.

04/24/2013

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Beach bonfires spark debate between OC cities

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Beach bonfires are sparking debate between neighboring Orange County cities as pollution regulators consider a rule that would effectively ban the blazes.

03/28/2013

Southern CA regulators mull ban on beach bonfires

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Air quality regulators are considering a ban on beach bonfires in Orange and Los Angeles counties. The South Coast Air Quality Management District staff presented such a proposal to the board on Friday.

03/16/2013

Dead fish and garbage in the Salton Sea, seen in this 2001 AP photo.

Salton Sea to get ‘stench detectors’

DIAMOND BAR (CNS) – Months after a nasty stench was traced from the San Fernando Valley 150 miles to its origins in the Salton Sea, local smog regulators have approved a $200,000 stink monitoring system.

01/05/2013

The big stink likely Salton Sea

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) – The vast saltwater lake that could be to blame for a rotten-egg stench that seeped through greater Los Angeles this week has bigger problems than its public image. The massive […]

09/11/2012