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Smog in the San Joaquin Valley

Last week, the head of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, Seyed Sadredin, was in Washington, D.C., to testify in a congressional hearing on ozone. That in itself is not surprising: he’s the head of the public health agency tackling ozone pollution in one of the most polluted air basins in the country. What is surprising is that he was there to promote weakening the Clean Air Act.

Janet Rodriquez Oakland

On Monday, I traveled to Sacramento to testify at a public hearing on EPA’s proposed update to the ozone standard, along with many other environmentalists, public health advocates, students and individuals who are concerned about the effects of ozone on our health and environment. During the full day hearing, many testified about how ozone pollution has hurt their communities, their families and their own health.

A scientist holds a lithium Ion battery made in the materials lab at the Solar Energy Research Facility at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO.

California’s energy storage market is showing just how regulation can encourage innovation. Last year, California’s Public Utilities Commission set the nation’s first energy storage procurement targets, over the initial opposition of the state’s three largest utilities. Now, a year later, the targets are in place and the utilities are actively working to meet them, invigorating California’s energy storage market in the process.

Haze spreads over the Central Valley on January 17, 2014. Air quality levels ranged from unhealthy to very unhealthy throughout the day.

The San Joaquin Valley Air District is once again on track to miss a federal deadline to clean up the air in the notoriously polluted air basin it serves.

While missing an air quality deadline is a blow to public health in any region, it is particularly devastating in the San Joaquin Valley. The valley experiences higher levels of poverty and unemployment than the rest of California, all while being exposed to outrageous levels of pollution and suffering from the resulting health impacts.


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