|A smoggy day in California’s Central Valley in January 2015. Source: Earthjustice, Dangerismycat/Flicker|
The SCAQMD covers the urban portion of four counties with per capita incomes of just over $27,000, close to the state average of $29,000.
Today I learned from Adenike Adeyeye of Earthjustice that at about the same time, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (per capita income under $20,000), lowered their standards to allow facilities with twice the cancer risk allowable in the South Coast to operate.
Won’t this drive more polluters and more pollution into the San Joaquin Valley? Won’t this cause completely preventable damage to the health of the children of San Joaquin Valley? What do the officials at the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District expect to happen?
This sounds like a case study in environmental injustice to me.
To learn more, please check out Adenike Adeyeye’s excellent blog post –
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