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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.
April 29, 2013 | By Anthony Clark Carpio
Supporters of the fire rings that line the Orange County shoreline gathered Sunday at Huntington State Beach to send a political smoke signal to air quality regulators who want to snuff out the decades-old tradition in the name of health. Proponents of beach fires cooked hot dogs, roasted marshmallows and told supporters why they believe the South Coast Air Quality Management District is wrong in its proposal to ban fire rings in Orange and Los Angeles counties. "The community is completely united in keeping our fire rings," said Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 18, 2013 | By Jeremiah Dobruck
A state coastal commissioner who vocally supported banning beach bonfires along a stretch of Orange County coastline has resigned under growing pressure from two state legislators. William Burke was serving as both a member of the state Coastal Commission and the South Coast Air Quality Management District, agencies that are at odds about whether the Southern California tradition of beach bonfires should be extinguished from San Clemente to Malibu. Coastal Commission staffers have recommended that Newport Beach's proposal to rip out 60 fire pits in Balboa and Corona del Mar be denied, while the air quality board is considering a regional ban on wood-burning fire pits for health reasons.
April 7, 1991
Re the article regarding the automotive "beasts" still on the road ("Targets in Smog War," March 20): I happen to own one of those "beasts," a 1973 Olds Cutlass with a 350-cubic-inch V-8 coming up on 150,000 miles. Sure, the seats are shot and just about every replaceable item has been replaced at some time or other. Why do I hold on to it? It's simple--a matter of economics. The cost of a new or newer car today is plainly obscene, in purchase price, licensing and insurance. But, if AQMD and/or Unocal would like to take the car off my hands to help clean up the air, I would gladly accept a new or at least late-model American auto in replacement, with total purchase price, all licensing fees and insurance paid for one year by either AQMD or Unocal.
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