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San Joaquin Valley Violates Air Pollution Standards, Suit Says

Sept. 29, 2022, 5:40 PM

San Joaquin Valley violated ozone emission standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency and caused a public health crisis, environmental groups alleged in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Sacramento.

Central California Environmental Justice Network and other environmental and public health groups sued the California Air Resources Board and the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District, alleging violations of the Clean Air Act.

Ozone air pollution in the San Joaquin Valley ranks among the worst in the United States, and exposure to it can cause the development of respiratory diseases like asthma and COPD and increase susceptibility ...