Clearing The Air In California

The Environmental Protection Agency will begin enforcing tougher air quality standards next year. Reason offers a fast-track approach to compliance.
March 21, 2004, 1pm PST | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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California has made tremendous progress on air pollution during the last few decades, but still faces two major air quality challenges. Parts of the San Joaquin Valley and South Coast exceed federal standards for ozone and particulate matter by a large margin. Both areas are in danger of missing federal deadlines for meeting air pollution standards. California can meet these challenges. Unfortunately, California lawmakers and regulators have often pursued unnecessarilyexpensive and even counterproductive policies, while failing to exploit cost-effective pollution reduction opportunities. This briefing paper by the Reason Public Policy Institute summarizes the air pollution situation in the San Joaquin Valley (SJV) and South Coast (SC), recommends policies for achieving cleaner air more quickly and more cheaply than current policies, and assesses the political viability of the recommended approaches. [Editor's note: The link below is to a 150K PDF document.]

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Published on Sunday, March 21, 2004 in Reason Public Policy Institute
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