Air Quality Concerns Around Embarcadero & El Camino
Original post made by Concerned Citizen, Palo Alto High School, on May 22, 2014
When across the street at the high school, a thick cloud of heavy smoke can be seen over the shopping center. The air smells like a combination of grease and burning wood beginning in the late afternoon.
The air quality around this busy intersection is already heavily impacted from vehicle emissions, but has markedly worsened over the past year.
With a record number of "Spare the air" days this year, and new regulations to control emissions on diesel trucks and buses, we should require restaurants to install scrubbers (air filters) on their exhaust fans.
With increased growth and densification of our area, the quality of air is more likely to worsen than get better.