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August 22, 1993 | PETER H. KING
These are days of siege at the South Coast Air Quality Management District. The caissons of commerce, fresh from the workers' comp wars, are at the gates, carrying familiar ammunition. The AQMD, the war cries go, has become a drain on the economy, poisoning the California business climate. If something is not done, firms will flee en masse to less regulated environs. And so on. The campaign started quietly about a year ago, but now appears to be reaching full pitch.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 1989 | AMY PYLE, Times Staff Writer
The South Coast Air Quality Management District will consider on July 12 whether to give the city of Los Angeles additional time to install a $1-million system to burn off gas generated by Lopez Canyon Landfill, where two workers were overcome by gas earlier this year. However, the AQMD legal department has recommended that if the city gets an extension, the board add a warning that it will take the city to court if the city does not meet the new deadline. The city already had been given a six-month extension, which ends July 1. "We're not asking for them to be shut down immediately or at any time," said AQMD spokesman Bill Kelly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 1989
The business community has a single response to questions about its schemes to inaugurate enterprises, challenges to its management of existing enterprises, and demands to undo the consequences of abandoned enterprises. Garcia and Weinstein trot out the specter of "people and jobs" to slow much needed realignment of priorities in urban planning. Garcia and Weinstein and the industries they defend created the problems the AQMD and others are proposing to correct. Industry's noises evoking sympathy for displaced minorities will become persuasive only when it acknowledges culpability and sincerely participates in planning timely fixes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 1987
South Coast Air Quality Management District investigators were unable Friday to pinpoint the source of an odorous cloud that worked its way across the Long Beach area and into Orange County on Thursday night. AQMD spokeswoman Jeanne Randol said the agency suspected that the smell originated at a refinery and might have resulted from the opening of a pressure valve.
NEWS
July 26, 1992
The San Gabriel Valley Commerce and Cities Consortium supports the findings of the Special Commission on Air Quality and the Economy. As a coalition of both the public and private sectors, we have a vested interest in the quality of life within the region--not only for ourselves, but for our children. However, we agree that there must be a balance created between the desire for clean air (and the speed by which we get it) and a sound, healthy economy. The professionals at AQMD are charged with improving air quality, period.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 1998
Re "Air Quality Fight Far From Over," editorial, Oct. 7: U.S. District Judge Harry L. Hupp never said that the South Coast Air Quality Management District could not or should not revise its clean air plan. State law requires AQMD to revise its clean air plan every three years, based on the latest scientific data and technology. The 1997 plan revised the 1994 plan, and we now are working on the year 2000 revision. The disputed measures proposed in 1994 were dropped or delayed in the 1997 plan because further analysis found them to be infeasible or otherwise unavailable.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 1992
Your Aug. 8 article "AQMD Rejects Key Smog Proposals in Blow to Business" helps perpetuate a myth that environmental regulations and air quality regulations in particular are the major reason for the region's economic woes. The Southland, like the rest of the nation, has been gradually losing its employment base in manufacturing industries primarily due to liberalized foreign investment laws and technology advances that allow companies to chase the cheapest labor around the globe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1989 | JAMES M. GOMEZ, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge Thursday ordered state air quality officials to issue construction permits for California's first large-scale commercial hazardous waste incinerator without requiring a full environmental impact report. But Judge Kurt J. Lewin also ordered the incinerator's developer, California Thermal Treatment Services, to include state-of-the-art antipollution equipment in the controversial toxic waste burner. That provision will add about $6 million to the $29 million cost of the project and could delay it by more than a year, according to Stephen Grossman, president of the builder's parent firm, Security Environmental Systems Inc. But "naturally I'm elated," Grossman said of the judge's order rejecting the need for a full environmental study.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 1989 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, Times Urban Affairs Writer
Pressed to meet stiff new clean-air regulations, the agency responsible for promoting car-pooling, bus ridership and use of home computers to reduce traffic congestion adopted a plan Monday to get its own employees to do those things. Approved by Orange County Transit District board members meeting in Garden Grove, the plan gives OCTD employees two extra paid vacation days per year for car-pooling at least 60% of the time, and four extra paid vacation days plus a chance to participate in special prize drawings for those who ride the bus to work.
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