California IN BRIEF : BAKERSFIELD : New Law Leads to First Smog Alert
Officials say a change in state law led to the first smog health advisory in Kern County history. Kern’s Air Pollution District issued the advisory for the Arvin-Edison area east of Bakersfield when the ozone level reached .16 parts per million Monday afternoon. Officials said a new state law requires a health advisory when ozone reaches .15 parts per million for more than an hour. Until this year, advisories weren’t required until ozone reached .20 parts per million.