By PAT SHELBY of The Sacramento Bee
Nov. 3, 2021
In a state already engulfed by polluted air, wildfires bring even more dangerous breathing conditions. Experts have linked exposure to harmful air pollution to worsened health outcomes for COVID-19 patients, for example. Every day, Californians see how devastating poor air quality can be for our health.
Improving air quality is an issue of equity. Thanks to the vision of Southern California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia and others, Assembly Bill 617 has provided those living in overburdened neighborhoods with a seat at the table to help identify local solutions to air pollution while holding policymakers and polluters accountable.
Under AB 617, the state launched the new Community Air Protection Program. In the South Sacramento-Florin community, AB 617 has empowered us to tackle emissions from Highway 99 and mobile sources, the primary generators of our air pollution. It also enabled us to develop a plan to monitor and mitigate mobile emissions and analyze the effects of emissions on sensitive populations like senior citizens, schools and hospitals.
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