California’s Highway Traffic Study has found no link to air pollution in the state’s highways, and the state has been working on ways to tackle air pollution pollution in recent years.
The California Air Resources Board released the results of the study Tuesday in response to a request from the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative news organization.
It’s one of several studies that the agency has released over the past several years.
“We found that there were no differences in the average number of miles driven per capita, or average distance traveled per capita between those with and without air pollution,” said Julie Doyon, the study’s lead author.
The study found that people who lived in cities or were in cities more often drove more miles than people who did not live in cities.
“The average miles driven by a person with a high school diploma or less was 604, while the average miles traveled by a high-school graduate was 547,” the study found.
People who lived more than 1,000 miles away from their jobs were much more likely to drive more than people in cities with less pollution.
“People who live more than 100 miles from work are more likely than people living less than 100 to drive a distance of more than 150 miles per year,” Doy on the study.
The analysis also found that the amount of pollution in air was similar across communities.
“Although cities with high concentrations of pollutants are less likely to experience air pollution-related health impacts, their relative proximity to each other may have an impact on their health,” the report said.
The report was published online by the Center on State and Local Government and the Center to Protect Health and Environment.
California, which is considered one of the most polluted states in the country, is currently considering a bill that would cap emissions from existing vehicles and power plants, and enact stricter air quality standards for vehicles.