How at risk are Moorpark residents from pollution compared to other cities in the state? According to state officials, the city can breathe easily—literally. Moorpark is in a little better shape than the average California town.
Based on new state figures released this week, Moorpark is in the upper half of California areas (based on zip codes) in terms of being at potential for health risks stemming from pollution of all sorts. The town ranks close to average in the 51 to 55 percentile of all California zip codes.
See a map of the data for every town in the state here
The figures come from a new state report issued by the California Environmental Protection Agency and the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) that compiles health risks based on 11 types of pollution and factors in seven categories of population and demographic factors, including poverty and education levels.
The purpose of the report is to identify communities that are eligible for grants from the state's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, according to Sam Delson, an OEHHA spokesman. The law governing that fund mandates certain percentages be spent on disadvantaged communities, making it necessary to include economic factors in the state report.
The state has a map of those communities that are eligible on the report website.
Only towns in the lowest 10 percent qualify, so Moorpark won't be seeing any of the funds.
The map above shows scores from each of those categories as well as overall rankings for every zip code in California with a Patch publication. Simply click on any town to see the full report card for each zip code.
You can see a similar map showing every zip code in the state here, and see more details of the report on the state's website.
In general, Moorpark fares well in most categories, including ozone, diesel, cleanup, asthma, poverty and, especially, groundwater threats. The city didn't do as well when it came to pesticides, traffic, hazardous waste, water bodies and solid waste.