Feds: Smoggy SoCal At Risk Of Losing Highway Funding

LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the Southland is one of two California regions that must submit plans to clean up their soot-laden air or risk losing federal highway funding.

Regional EPA Administrator Jared Blumenfeld said Monday state air quality managers haven’t proven that their plans will reduce air pollution in Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley enough to meet federal standards for airborne dust, smoke and soot.

The microscopic pollution particles have been linked to premature deaths, as well as respiratory problems, heart attacks and lung cancer.

Blumenfeld says the state must send EPA plans detailing how the regions will reduce fine particulate pollution to acceptable levels. Before the EPA’s proposal becomes final, it is open to public comment for 60 days.

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  • Brains

    In this case Jared is a ‘moron’. How the hell do cities with MILLIONS of motorists traveling every single DAY attempt to control the smog ? Cars already have emission control systems in place. What MORE does this imbecile want ? Are the cities suppose to put ‘air filters’ throughout the city ? Smog control is one of the hardest things to ‘control’ and NO money makes it WORSE ! Go see Mexico city and see what tons of controls do for the air, absolutely NOTHING. Air quality is something you have to LIVE with when you have CARS !! Until the CARS run on ‘alternative’ fuels and or electricity then your going to have BAD air PERIOD !!

    • E. Molton

      How many times this month have you ridden mass transit to work? I thought so. Another Southern Califonia addicted to their single-occupancy vehicle like a “crack addict” addict to their “insurmountble” drug habbit.

    • Terry Ridlye

      THANK YOU for your comments, Brains. Intelligence makes you Stunning!

  • Gordon

    This does NOT surprise me.
    Being a former State Smog Inspector ( for over 30 years) I can tell you the Air Resources board and the Bureau of Automotive repair have their heads where the sun doesn’t shine/ I remember about 30 years ago ,at a Smog Inspectors seminar, asking about diesel pollution and the guy from the state flat out told us that “Diesels do NOT pollute” so they do not need any controls… What an Idiot !!

  • mars1mars

    This is a political trick to get rid of big business in California. Do they want us to ever have jobs?

  • Scott

    Have to be kidding! The air has already improved dramatically over the last 20 years.

  • Ken

    Well its ok, we don’t need any Highway funding any way, the way things are going, Big corptate Americia just keeps out sourcing all the jobs away from Kali, The Democrats, keep taxing Corpate Ca. making it hard to do business in Ca. so very soon, there will be no jobs left and we will all have to move away.. With that said what do we need roads for anyway?

  • swhit

    They should be working on jobs for citizens not take money from a bankrupt agency.

  • Luis

    More Taxation Is Not The Right Way To Go. The Automotive Industry is one of the biggest taxation that the goverment can get the most money out of.. It is corrupt srict smog laws are not going to do anything but get the californian people mad… Hybrids are not the answer just making those batteries for the cars destroys the earth more that smog itself. Diesel is one of the smartest things to do now but the U.S does not like diesel. another thing Hemp Oil was used before which does not effect the ozone in a bad way…

  • bob bishop

    So we pay taxes and if the EPA deems we lose funding. Washington does not meet our standards do they loose funding? The Los Angeles basin is what it is. New Orleans is built below sea level and on marshland do they loose funding? The regulatory happy folks need to walk out side and get a little air.

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