Clovis and Bakersfield, with dirtiest of dirty air, complicate Valley’s pollution battle
The article talks about air pollution hot spots that cause the entire Valley to be out of attainment with federal standards, and how air pollution regulators are looking to focus on pollution "hot spots". The graph below, borrowed from a regional data brief from California Forward, illustrates the regional disparities.
Overall, the North San Joaquin Valley (San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced) has less than 1/3 the number of unhealthy air days as Fresno, Tulare, and Kern, and is actually better than Sacramento, and far better than LA and the Inland Empire.
The NSJV complains about the regulatory costs and poor image that comes from being associated being grouped with the South. The South Valley complains that much of their pollution isn't local, but is blown in from the North.
Some clips from the Fresno Bee article
“If those places do not attain the standard, the Valley won’t attain,” district executive director Seyed Sadredin said. “We’re not talking about backing off on the pollution reduction in other parts of the Valley. But we’re seeing that these two hot spots need more attention.”To focus on Clovis and Bakersfield, officials will need to deal with regional politics, doubts from air activists and probably state and federal air agencies...