I listened closely to a radio piece last week about San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District Director Seyed Sadredin and couldn’t believe my ears.
The whole premise of the jointly reported “investigation” by the Center for Public Integrity and the California Report (which airs on public radio) is that Sadredin is “curious” for advocating some incredibly minor changes to the Clean Air Act.
Curious because the valley has supposedly terrible pollution and curious because Sadredin is tasked with reducing that pollution.
“At the same time the valley is violating federal standards, its chief air pollution cop is deflecting blame and aiding politicians in D.C. eager to pry open the venerable public health statute,” the article states.
Wow. Move over Mr. Burns, there’s a new environmental villain in town. (“The Simpsons” fans will understand.)
In reality, what Sadredin has done over his career is implement the most stringent anti-pollution rules in the nation and oversee a massive reduction in air pollution from the 1980s to now even as the valley’s population has increased.
Ever heard of the “indirect source rule”?
You would have if you were a developer.
The valley is the only place that has this rule, though other areas of California are just now learning about it.
Under this rule, even if you’re developing houses or an outlet mall, not an emission-spewing factory, those structures will cause pollution by attracting traffic.
So, the developer has to come up with ways to reduce emissions within the development and/or pay into a fund that is used to reduce emissions elsewhere, such as buying new, cleaner burning school buses, etc.
It was loathed when it was first put in place back in 2005 and, indeed, has made doing business in the valley more expensive and less competitive, according to Kern County Planning…