Along State Route 99 through the San Joaquin Valley heartland of California, farmers and dairy operators are finding themselves in a role once considered unthinkable - enlisted in an increasingly urban region's war on air pollution.
As the nation's richest farm counties have also become its smoggiest, a traditional hands-off policy regarding the ozone-forming emissions and dust generated by large farms and dairy operations ends Thursday. An estimated 1,350 farms and dairies, long ignored while other industries faced crackdowns on emissions that create conditions for smog, now face regulation by the eight-county San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.
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