Saturday, May 26, 2007

Clean Air, Dirty Air? Part One

One viewpoint.

Editorial: An air of unhealthiness
San Joaquin air board needs a makeover
Published 12:00 am PDT Saturday, May 26, 2007

The San Joaquin Valley is rapidly becoming the nation's smog and soot capital. This unwelcome distinction is largely due to farm practices and pollution spewing from tens of thousands of trucks and vehicles.

Health experts suspect this pollution is a prime cause of increased asthma, which afflicts one out of five children and one of eight adults in the Valley.

For years, residents from Bakersfield to Stockton have looked to the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District to clean up the region's air. For years, the district's board has failed them.