Central Valley Can Clean Up with SB 535

Published: Friday, May. 2, 2014 - 11:05 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, May. 3, 2014 - 8:11 am

Re "Central Valley's dire dirty air distinction" (Editorials, May 1): Your editorial brought to light an obvious truth: the Central Valley bears the brunt of air pollution from transportation and nearby industries, and low-income communities and people of color are among those most impacted by asthma, heart attacks, and other harmful effects. California's cap-and-trade program is an opportunity to turn the tide. State Sen. Kevin de Leon has been on the cutting edge of solutions to ensure the most disadvantaged communities can benefit from AB 32, California's signature clean air and energy law. Senate Bill 535, authored by de Leon and signed into law in 2012, requires that a percentage of cap-and-trade proceeds serves and are invested in these communities. For those already on the front lines of the fight against air pollution in the Central Valley, SB 535 will be a lifesaver.

-- Vien Truong, Berkeley

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