Throwing the Southland's long-awaited smog exchange program even further off track, the region's air quality agency said Thursday that it will put off a vote on the controversial proposal until September.
The pollution credits trading program--called RECLAIM--was supposed to have been fleshed out and approved by the South Coast Air Quality Management District by Thursday. In May, the agency announced that the program would be two weeks late; Thursday the AQMD said that it will be two months late.
AQMD Executive Officer James M. Lents said that the agency has "successfully worked out the lion's share of the issues surrounding the RECLAIM program" and that the long delay is to give the public more time to review and comment on the complicated plan.
Under smog exchange program, which would be the first widespread system of its kind in the nation, polluters who reduce their emissions beyond required levels could sell right-to-pollute credits to other companies, who could use the credits to put off installing new emission controls.