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How Safe is Orange County’s Air for Residents to Breathe as Crude Oil Spills Ashore?

As an asphalt-like smell lingers in the air of Orange County, there are unanswered questions — and looming alarms — over whether it’s safe to breathe near what has become a hundred-thousand-gallon oil spill off the coast. 

Residents online and speaking to Voice of OC said they started smelling fumes as early as Friday, yet there was much delay in getting information behind the cause.

Oil Spill Contacts

  • General questions: 714-374-1702
  • Do not approach affected wildlife, call in a report: 877-823-6926
  • Assist with animals: 714-374-5587
  • Help with cleanups: 714-374-1702
  • File a claim: 866-985-8366

Orange County’s coast has some air quality monitoring systems, but it is not known what those systems lack in comparison to four more complex, permanent air quality stations installed in the cities of Anaheim, La Habra and Mission Viejo.

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