Panel Rejects Fee to Reduce Air Pollution

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

San Joaquin Valley officials decided not to impose a $2 vehicle registration fee on motorists.

The nearly $5 million raised by the fee could have been used to clean up some of the nation’s dirtiest air by buying cleaner farm diesel engines and school buses, among other measures.

But the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District board rejected the fee in a split vote Thursday.