Central Valley air advisers resign over pollution program

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In this Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007 file photo, the sun sets behind an oil refinery on Rosedale Highway, in Bakersfield. Three members of an advisory group tasked with helping the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District reform a pollution credit program resigned Thursday, July 14, saying not enough was being done to improve public health. The Bakersfield Californian via AP/Casey Christie photo
Kathleen RonayneThe Associated PressThree members of an advisory group tasked with helping a Central Valley air district reform a flawed pollution credit program resigned Thursday, July 14, saying not enough was being done to right past harms to public health.“We can no longer be party to a sham process that gives the appearance of addressing systemic problems while sidestepping accountability, sweeping historical failures under the rug and focusing only on how to generate more credits within a broken system,” they said in a resignation letter to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.The district oversees air quality and pollution in an eight-county region in California’s Central Valley, a hub for oil and gas drilling that has some of the worst air qua
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