I’m grateful that the recent diminution in air quality caused by the Cuesta Fire was temporary. The burning sensation in my eyes and the hazy skies reminded me of growing up in Southern California in the 1960s.
U.S. EPA data show poor air quality was a problem in San Luis Obispo County from 1978 to 1980. Thirty-seven years ago, the likely culprit was the Morro Bay Power Plant.
Key to the local clean air is the state’s largest power generator, Diablo Canyon Power Plant, which started in 1985. Annually, the plant generates 18,000,000,000,000 watt-hours of electricity for Californians with zero carbon dioxide and zero air emissions.