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Bill seeks grants to help improve air quality in San Joaquin Valley

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Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 8:43 am, Thu Sep 13, 2012.

San Joaquin Valley communities will be eligible for federal grants for projects that improve the Valley’s air quality and public health under a congressional bill introduced on Wednesday.

The bill, introduced by Reps. Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton, and Jim Costa, D-Fresno, would target areas with poor air quality and above-average child asthma rates.

To be eligible for federal grants, the area must meet specified national ambient air quality standards for ozone, have particular emission levels from agricultural sources, meet or exceed national asthma rates, and suffer from high unemployment rates, according to a news release from McNerney’s office. The area from San Joaquin County to Kern County fails to meet national air quality standards, McNerney added.

The bill will go to Congress for its consideration.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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1 comment:

  • Josh Morgan posted at 5:57 am on Fri, Sep 14, 2012.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 529

    And if you qualify for and receive the grant what will the money be used for and who is it award to? I'm always a little suspicious when the federal government shows up and announces, "I'm here to help you".



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