Contact Information

1855 Placer Street
Redding, CA 96001
Phone: (530) 225-5789
within Shasta County:
   (800) 528-2850
Fax: (530) 225-5807

Office Hours
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday through Friday

Air Quality Program

Walk, Bike, Carpool or Bus - Clean Air is up to Us!

This program is supported in part by funds generated by the AB 2766 Motor Vehicle Surcharge Funding Program. Fees from this program must be used exclusively by local Air Pollution Control Boards to reduce air pollution from motor vehicles and for related planning, monitoring, enforcement, and technical studies necessary for the implementation of the California Clean Air Act of 1988.

Practical Tips for Cleaner Air

How clean is our air?
The air in Shasta County is pretty healthy most of the time. That's one of the reasons it's such a nice place to live! However, as nice as our air seems to be, we do have a couple of air pollution problems. One problem occurs during the summer, and the other one occurs during the winter.

Summer Smog
During the warmer months - especially on hot, calm summer days - we sometimes experience unhealthful levels of "smog". Smog is formed when pollutants react in the hot summer sun to form "ozone". Ozone is a strong irritant that attacks the lungs and causes burning of the eyes. Cars emit two-thirds of ozone-forming pollutants in Shasta County.

Winter smoke
During the cooler months, we sometimes experience unhealthful levels of small, airborne smoke and dust particles. These particles can be inhaled deep into the lungs and cause health problems, especially for people with asthma and lung diseases. This smoke and dust gets into the air when people burn wood to heat their homes, and when they burn yard and agricultural waste.

What can you do to help improve our air quality?

During the summer:

  • Drive less, and use alternatives to the automobile. For example:
  • Walk
  • Ride a bike
  • Take the bus
  • Carpool with family or friends
  • Plan trips to town and consolidate errands

During the winter:

  • Don't burn wood on a no-burn day - when our air quality is threatened.
  • Burn less wood.
  • Burn only seasoned wood - not wet, green wood.
  • Buy an efficient, cleaner-burning wood stove. Pellet stoves are the cleanest burning. Instead of burning yard or agricultural waste, start a compost pile.

SMOKING VEHICLE HOTLINE

Citizens can call 245-6494 (local) or (888)249-7664 (toll-free long distance) to report vehicles emitting excessive tailpipe emissions. They will be greeted by a voice-mail message indicating the information requested when reporting a smoking vehicle, which asks the following:

  • What is the vehicle's license number?  
  • What is the make and model of the vehicle, if known?
  • What is the date and approximate time the vehicle was seen?
  • What is the street and city where the vehicle was seen?  

For more information on air quality awareness programs, contact the Community Education Section at (530) 225-5789 or (800)528-2850.

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