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New Rule Aims to Curb Road Dust in Farm Area

November 17, 2001

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District passed a long-awaited dust regulation that attempts to clean up some of the nation's most polluted air.

The board voted unanimously this week to adopt a controversial rule aimed at curbing dust from dirt roads that run throughout the sprawling farm region.

It took nearly four years for the district to come up with the plan, which needs approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by April 8 or the region could lose $2 billion in federal highway funds.

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