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California Air Officials Dispute EPA Letter Threatening Sanctions Due To Air Pollution

The Environmental Protection Agency has accused the state of failing to comply with federal clean air policy. In a letter sent last Tuesday to Mary Nichols, Chair of the Air Resources Board (CARB), EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler claimed that “since the 1970s, California has failed to carry out its most basic tasks under the Clean Air Act.” If CARB doesn’t improve some outstanding air quality plans, Wheeler threatened, the EPA could enforce various sanctions on the state including a withdrawal of federal highway funding. “The letter from the EPA contains multiple inaccuracies, omissions and misstatements,” wrote CARB Executive Officer Richard Corey in an official statement published to the agency’s website . Among those is the EPA’s claim that California contains 82 areas that are out of compliance with federal air standards. Only 20 are out of attainment, according to a CARB spokesperson, though many have fallen behind for more than one standard. The American Lung Association does
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