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Gusty winds prompt health caution

Gusty winds prompt health caution

Gusty winds over the San Joaquin Valley have prompted local air-pollution officials to issue a health cautionary statement through this evening throughout the air basin: San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and the Valley portion of Kern counties. Winds are expected to be especially strong in the western and southern portions of the Valley.

Winds may produce areas of localized blowing dust, which can result in unhealthy concentrations of particulate matter 10 microns and smaller (PM10). Exposure to particulate pollution can cause serious health problems, aggravate lung disease, trigger asthma attacks and bronchitis, and increase risk of respiratory infections.

Solar plant in Modesto to provide power for 6,000 homes

Solar plant in Modesto to provide power for 6,000 homes

The 25-megawatt McHenry Solar Power plant in Modesto is complete, K Road Power Holdings, LLC announced today.

The plant was designed and constructed by SunPower at the corner of McHenry Avenue and Patterson Road.  The project created nearly 150 construction jobs, and is generating the equivalent amount of power for approximately 6,000 homes.

Annual Phone Book Recycling Event


New phone books are arriving in Modesto! Residents and businesses can go green and recycle old phone books by placing them in the residential green "organic" waste can or in the specially marked collection bin located downtown on 11th Street between J & K streets (available through October 30).  Recycling telephone books into new ones helps save precious resources.


Did you know?  For every 500 phone books recycled, the following resources are saved:

·         7,000 gallons of water

·         3.3 cubic yards of landfill space

·         17 to 31 trees

·          4,100 kilowatts of electricityou

Source: City of Modesto


District seeks new technology proposals

District seeks new technology proposals

$4 million in funding available; free workshop for assistance

A new round of funding opens today from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District for new emission-reduction proposals through its Technology Advancement Program.

The latest funding cycle offers $4 million to fund eight to 12 projects focusing on renewable energy, waste solutions or mobile sources. This is the third cycle for the program.

“We’ve had a very encouraging response to the previous two funding cycles so we know there’s a sizeable pool of interested applicants for this important incentive,” said Seyed Sadredin, the District’s executive director and air pollution control officer.

Modesto cab company goes green

Modesto cab company goes green


United Cabs in Modesto just went green by adding three new hybrid vehicles. The company now has a total of 12 taxi vehicles, including the three new hybrids.

Jay Akbari, owner of United Cabs, said he decided to purchase the hybrid vehicles because of the rising gas prices.

“We calculated one month, and we could have bought three hybrids in how much gas we were spending,” Akbari said.

Akbari said he spends less than $30 a day on gas for his the hybrid vehicles, and that they are very quiet and work very well.  

“The public loves it,” he said.

He is also excited about adding rear-seat credit card machines. Akbari said his drivers used to get a few thousand worth of declined credit cards a month, but now they know within seconds if a card is declined or not, and customers can receive a receipt instantly. The machines can also play videos or ads.

Probable Case of West Nile Virus in Stanislaus County

Probable Case of West Nile Virus in Stanislaus County

Stanislaus County - Public Health officials are announcing a probable case of West Nile virus (WNV) in
a six-year-old female; when confirmed this will be the first human case in Stanislaus County for 2012.
The date of onset was July 6, 2012, and the child presented with right arm weakness, difficulty speaking,
and the inability to walk. She was medically evacuated to a pediatric specialty hospital. Her symptoms
are currently improving. The California Department of Public Health Viral and Rickettsial Disease
Laboratory is confirming the test results from the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency Public
Health Laboratory.

The Future is Electric: Plug In and Get There

The Future is Electric: Plug In and Get There

Join the California Center for Sustainable Energy and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (APCD) for a free workshop on The Future is Electric: Plug In and Get There


Saturday, July 21, 2012


10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


San Joaquin Valley APCD
Northern Region Headquarters
4800 Enterprise Way
Modesto, CA 95356

Stay late to experience some of the newest PEV models in person!