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Paint Pollution

September 07, 1987

The article on the dilemma of the paint industry in meeting air pollution regulations (Part I, Aug. 25) implicitly highlights an extreme example of a self-perpetuating bureaucracy.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District has jurisdiction only over stationary sources of pollution. In its many years of writing regulations, the agency has already restricted emissions to--or even below--realistically achievable levels from these sources.

Yet, there is a group of people within the AQMD whose paychecks depend upon their writing regulations, regardless of the benefit, feasibility or cost to the public. As long as their livelihood depends upon their doing so, this group will continue to try to control infinitesimal emissions at great expense. In the case of paint solvents, it appears to me that the point of diminishing returns has been passed; they are now going in the direction of negative returns.

Let's give these public employees jobs that are more meaningful and productive before it's too late.

WILLIAM H. ELLIS

El Segundo

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