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California Eyeing Generator Emissions in Wildfire Power Outages

Nov. 1, 2019, 4:30 PM

Increasing power shutdowns due to wildfire risk are prompting Californians to buy generators to stave off the dark, a move that could add to air pollution and greenhouse gases.

This week more than 1.3 million people lost power. PG&E Corp. has said these “public safety power shutoffs” might continue for at least a decade.

“What’s happening right now is a response to a crisis, but it’s not good for air quality and it’s not in line with our climate goals,” said Todd Sax, chief of the California Air Resources Board’s enforcement division.

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