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Big Pine Paiute Tribe Develops Air Program

The Big Pine Paiute Tribe of the Owens Valley’s Reservation sits in proximity to one of the greatest single point sources of PM10 pollution in the United States, Owens Lake. Inhaling dust particles 10 microns and smaller can be harmful, especially for sensitive populations such as the elderly, children, and other individuals with respiratory issues including asthma and emphysema. On days when PM10 levels exceed National Ambient Air Quality Standards, health advisories are issued to surrounding communities by Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District.

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