Hi Steering Committee Members,
Several CSC members have requested a better understanding of the health effects of emissions from Port activities, including links to health studies specifically describing how business activities impact communities.
The two health studies linked below, while not conducted in the Valley or Stockton, are California-based studies that show a clear link between adverse health outcomes and locomotive and port activities, especially in children. Using the conclusions from these studies, we can expect that similar health impacts are occurring in the Stockton area.
Respiratory Health Risks for Children Living Near a Major Railyard – Inland Southern California (2012)
Global Goods Movement and the Local Burden of Childhood Asthma in Southern California – Long Beach & Riverside (2009)
Similarly, there have been several health studies conducted in the Valley linking general air pollution to adverse health outcomes. One such study, the Children’s Health & Air Pollution Study (CHAPS), has studied a large cohort of children and pregnant women in the Fresno area to better understand the effects of pollution on preterm birth, low birthweight, childhood asthma, and more.
Children’s Health & Air Pollution Study (CHAPS)
As mentioned, the District, CARB, and the CSC will continue to work closely with the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) over the next several years to track and better understand the health outcomes associated with the significant emissions reductions expected from the CERP measures.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
Program Manager |Analysis, Modeling, and Research
San Joaquin Valley APCD
1990 E. Gettysburg Ave. | Fresno, CA 93726