Letter to Pasadena Star News

710 Freeway would be complex and carcinogenic

The 710 is carcinogenic

The 710 Freeway is an exponentially complex issue that would take more than one entire issue of this newspaper to begin to address. Consequently, I will only refer to a one issue.

In a recent column in your paper, Gary Toebben and two other authors say, “pollution generated by the freeway gap doesn’t stay put, affecting the whole region.” Reality dictates Gary’s lens needs to open to a wide angle. The 710 gap lies in the Los Angeles basin. The “pollution that doesn’t stay put” is generated by the greater L.A. area, not the gap. The prevailing winds blow from the ocean in a northeasterly direction, sweeping all the pollution from greater L.A. to the San Gabriel Valley, the home of the gap.

On the contrary, closing the gap will only worsen our San Gabriel Valley pollution by bringing in the trucks that run on diesel that will emit lung disease-causing carcinogenic noxious fumes. To counter the one-sided information Gary identifies, learn more by going to alhambransagainst710.com and no710.com.

— Gloria Valladolid, Alhambra


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