“The South Coast Air Quality Management District board voted 7-6 to change rules regarding beach fire rings — a vote that mostly will affect Newport Beach’s 60 rings and will leave alone hundreds of others in Los Angeles and Orange counties, according to the Corona del Mar Today blog.
AQMD staff said the science was clear: standing around a fire pit is equivalent to breathing the air from 3 diesel trucks or 800 cigarettes, according to KPCC. Of course no one who stands next to a fire pit tries to breathe in the smoke – and the homeowners in Newport Beach/Corona del Mar who started this ruckus certainly aren’t standing next to the fire pits either.
So why did these NIMBY homeowners start this commotion? Continue reading