Environmental Pollution

Legislature declines to add 'environmental justice' members to Southern California air quality board

Legislature declines to add 'environmental justice' members to Southern California air quality board

The state Legislature has rejected a controversial measure that would have shifted the political balance of Southern California’s air-quality board by adding three state-appointed “environmental justice” members to represent low-income communities suffering from pollution. 

The legislation to expand the South Coast Air Quality Management District board from 13 to 16 members fell 11 votes short of passage in the Assembly late Wednesday, with Republicans and members of a business-aligned bloc of Democrats in opposition.

The measure by State Senate leader Kevin de...

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