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An under-the-radar regulatory body has the ability to greatly improve air quality. Will it do so under pressure from fossil fuel companies?Bay Area

An under-the-radar regulatory body has the ability to greatly improve air quality. Will it do so under pressure from fossil fuel companies?

The Bay Area has a reputation as an environmentally conscious region. However, this green consciousness does not manifest equitable conditions for all in the region. Alameda and Contra County have twice as many toxic release sites as the rest of the Bay Area counties combined.  The poorer and more black and Latino areas in the East Bay bear the brunt of the pollution that powers the region’s supposed green economy. The communities nearest the refineries have the highest asthma rates in California. Furthermore, Black and Indigenous people are more likely to have asthma than other groups, both across the US and in California.  The largest source of Particulate Matter Pollution (PM) in the Bay comes from the Refineries in Alameda…

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