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The ports of LA and Long Beach together emit 100 tons of smog daily, according to air quality officials. Even more toxic chemicals are spewed by traffic, refineries and rail yards.
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What has diesel pollution done to community health around the Los Angeles Port complex? California Fellow Tena Rubio tackled the story for KCRW.

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As summer temperatures rise, so do fears of asthma and other illnesses caused by all the air pollution converging on the east Los Angeles community of Boyle Heights. With its proximity to freeways, industrial sites and shipping corridors, activists say the geography of Boyle Heights brings a disproportionate health burden to residents.

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Environmental justice is an old mandate getting a new life under Lisa Jackson, the first African-American head of the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Christopher Patton became acting director of environmental management for the Port of Los Angeles in June 2010. His more than 20 years’ experience in air quality management included implementation of some of the Port’s most aggressive air quality programs, including the 2006 San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP), the 2010 Draft CAAP Update and the soon-to-be-released Climate Action Plan. Mr. Patton’s previous roles for the Port include environmental affairs officer and environmental specialist.

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Angelo Logan co-founded the East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice in 2002, at a time of growing community concern about the Port of Los Angeles’ new inter-modal facility and the large expansion in port traffic it would bring. The East Yard community-based organization educates and trains local residents so that they can engage in the decision-making processes that directly impact the health and quality of life in their neighborhoods. A former mechanic for a local aerospace company, Mr.

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Last week, the USC/California Endowment National Health Journalism Fellows were knee-deep in seminars and conversations about international trade, urban violence and community campaigns. As it turns out, these are all topics for a health beat. The National Health Journalism Fellows and Dennis A. Hunt Fund for Health Journalism grant recipients convened in Los Angeles to expand their reporting horizons.

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The shimmering blue lights of the Terminal Island Bridge, rising above the Port of Los Angeles, belie the intense pollution that emanates from the nation’s largest port and compromises the health of nearby communities.  

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