Developers To Pay For Air Pollution Caused By Sprawl

Air pollution control meant looking at tailpipes and smokestacks. Not anymore. San Joaquin Valley is first in nation to take into account air pollution created by urban sprawl.
December 16, 2005, 2pm PST | Irvin Dawid
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"The goal is to reduce bad air from traffic going back and forth from new homes, businesses, commercial buildings and even school buildings constructed on the edge of town.

Builders can install air-enhancing features such as outdoor outlets for electric lawnmowers, bike lanes and energy-efficient water heaters to help reduce fees that will be assessed for traffic pollution.

...The building industry complained about burdening home buyers and new businesses with higher costs. They also questioned the fairness of loading air-cleanup costs on new developments, not on existing homes and businesses."

Thanks to Kathryn Phillips

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Published on Friday, December 16, 2005 in The Fresno Bee
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