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CALIFORNIA IN BRIEF : SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY : 8 Counties Agree to Form Air District

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

In an attempt to avoid state intervention, eight San Joaquin Valley counties have agreed to form a valleywide agency to control air pollution. Fresno County Supervisor Judy Andreen announced the agreement at a hearing before the state Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Wildlife. The hearing was called to consider a proposal by state Sen. Dan McCorquodale (D-San Jose) to require formation of a single air pollution control district in the San Joaquin Valley. Andreen said the new valleywide agency would replace individual air pollution control districts in Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tulare counties. Andreen said the agency is expected to be approved by the member counties by the end of the year.


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