Wednesday, September 07, 2005

 

California Smog... From Wine?

Environmental regulators are going after wineries in California's San Joaquin Valley, as the fermentation process apparently is a source of air pollution. The alcohol that's released into the atmosphere can cause the creation of ozone, which is an pollutant at low altitudes. The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District has also asked farmers to keep down dust levels during harvest and is exploring ways to control emissions from dairy cows. Uh-huh. I'm not sure what else goes on in this region, but if wineries and farms are the worst problems, then I'd say they're doing pretty good.

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