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In 1986, the city of Los Diablos had 20 days on which air

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In 1986, the city of Los Diablos had 20 days on which air [#permalink] New post 06 Jul 2008, 02:51
In 1986, the city of Los Diablos had 20 days on which air pollution reached unhealthful amounts and a smog alert was put into effect. In early 1987, new air pollution control measures were enacted, but the city had smog alerts on 31 days that year and on 39 days the following year. In 1989, however, the number of smog alerts in Los Diablos dropped to sixteen. The main air pollutants in Los Diablos are ozone and carbon monoxide, and since 1986 the levels of both have been monitored by gas spectrography.
Which of the following statements, assuming that each is true, would be LEAST helpful in explaining the air pollution levels in Los Diablos between 1986 and 1989?
(A) The 1987 air pollution control measures enacted in Los Diablos were put into effect in November of 1988.
(B) In December of 1988 a new and far more accurate gas spectrometer was invented.
(C) In February of 1989, the Pollution Control Board of Los Diablos revised the scale used to determine the amount of air pollution considered unhealthful.
(D) In 1988 the mayor of Los Diablos was found to have accepted large campaign donations from local industries and to have exempted those same industries from air pollution control measures.
(E) Excess ozone and carbon monoxide require a minimum of two years to break down naturally in the atmosphere above a given area.

what should be answer and why?
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Re: RC - city of Los Diablos [#permalink] New post 06 Jul 2008, 06:38
Law was enacted in 1987, however, there is no evidence that it was implemented same year. Moreover option A strengthen this believe.

It is between D, and E.

I will go for E. Because of explanation above.
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Re: RC - city of Los Diablos [#permalink] New post 06 Jul 2008, 06:49
In 1986, the city of Los Diablos had 20 days on which air pollution reached unhealthful amounts and a smog alert was put into effect. In early 1987, new air pollution control measures were enacted, but the city had smog alerts on 31 days that year and on 39 days the following year. In 1989, however, the number of smog alerts in Los Diablos dropped to sixteen. The main air pollutants in Los Diablos are ozone and carbon monoxide, and since 1986 the levels of both have been monitored by gas spectrography.
Which of the following statements, assuming that each is true, would be LEAST helpful in explaining the air pollution levels in Los Diablos between 1986 and 1989?
(A) The 1987 air pollution control measures enacted in Los Diablos were put into effect in November of 1988.
>> possible explanation of decrease in 1989...

(B) In December of 1988 a new and far more accurate gas spectrometer was invented.
>> right answer IMO, may be it was invented in Japan. nowhere it says that the new accurate spectrometer was used

(C) In February of 1989, the Pollution Control Board of Los Diablos revised the scale used to determine the amount of air pollution considered unhealthful.
>> possible reason for decrease in 1989...

(D) In 1988 the mayor of Los Diablos was found to have accepted large campaign donations from local industries and to have exempted those same industries from air pollution control measures.
>> possbile reason for increase in 1988....

(E) Excess ozone and carbon monoxide require a minimum of two years to break down naturally in the atmosphere above a given area.
>> possbile reason for decrease in 1989... remember that the regulation were implemented in Nov 88 is only given in option A.. not in question stem
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Re: RC - city of Los Diablos [#permalink] New post 06 Jul 2008, 13:23
I agree with B
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Re: RC - city of Los Diablos [#permalink] New post 07 Jul 2008, 10:05
Thanks Durgesh, i some how missed it. OA is B
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Re: RC - city of Los Diablos [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2009, 09:42
B is the correct answer. Cos nowhere it is mentioned that the new meter was used.
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