The Latest On: Clean Air Act
Adrian Martinez, Staff Attorney, Earthjustice: "In California, we need to address our climate pollution problem, and we need to address our air quality problem. The goals go hand in hand. We need to drastically decrease the amount of fossil fuels we combust. ... LA is kind of the perfect place to become the electric vehicle capital of the world: we have lots of passenger vehicles, we have lots of transit buses. Electrification of our transportation sector is critical."
Angela Johnson Meszaros, Staff Attorney, California Regional Office, Los Angeles: “As our city struggles with the worst smog we’ve seen in years, we appreciate that LADWP is taking some much-needed time to reassess its plans to build fossil fuel power plants. We look forward to the day that LADWP announces that we are going to power our city with 100% clean energy.”
Adrian Martinez, Staff Attorney, Earthjustice: “We have had decades of voluntary time to clean up the pollution. And now is the time to make it mandatory and required.”
Paul Cort, Staff Attorney, California Office: “The district is scrambling to figure out how to meet the national air standards. The response has been to ask for amendments to the Clean Air Act to give them excuses for not meeting certain requirements.”