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Study: Dirty air in San Joaquin Valley, Southern California kills more than car crashes

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Posted: Wednesday, November 12, 2008 10:00 pm

FRESNO - Decreasing air pollution in Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley would save more lives annually than ending all motor vehicle fatalities in the two regions, according to a study released Wednesday.

The study, which examined the costs of air pollution in two areas with the worst levels in the country, also said meeting federal ozone and fine particulate standards could save $28 billion annually in health care costs, school absences, missed work and lost income potential from premature deaths.

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