In a move that could change the look of the San Joaquin Valley'ssprawling landscape, air regulators are drafting new rules that wouldforce developers to keep their projects from sullying the region's airquality. Vehicle traffic, exacerbated by long commutes and distant strip malls,accounts for more than 50 percent of the Central Valley's smog problem. The San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District wants to hold developers responsible forreducing pollution caused by their developments. The district hopes tocreate a pollution-reduction plan by the end of 2003 that will eliminatemore that 30 percent of the Valley's smog-forming emissions.
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