How at risk are Cerritos and Artesia residents from pollution compared to other cities in the state? According to the state officials, the answer is not good for local residents.
Based on new state figures released this week, Cerritos was placed in the bottom 10 percentile of cities with the most potential for health risks stemming from pollution of all sorts. Artesia fared better, ranking in the bottom 25 percentile of cities.
See a map of the data for every town in the state here
The figures come from a new state report issued by the California Environmental Protection Agency and the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) that compiles health risks based on 11 types of pollution and factors in seven categories of population and demographic factors, including poverty and education levels.
The purpose of the report is to identify communities that are eligible for grants from the state's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, according to Sam Delson, an OEHHA spokesman. The law governing that fund mandates certain percentages be spent on disadvantaged communities, making it necessary to include economic factors in the state report.
Since Cerritos is in the bottom 10 percent, it will qualify for grants from the fund. Artesia's ranking is too high to qualify.
The state has a map of those communities that are eligible on the report website.
The map above shows scores from each of those categories as well as overall rankings for every zip code in California with a Patch publication. Simply click on any town to see the full report card for each zip code.
You can see a similar map showing every zip code in the state here, and see more details ofthe report on the state's website.