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Quote of the Day - Great events make me quiet and calm; it is only trifles that irritate my nerves. - Queen Victoria, in a letter to King Leopold of Belgium, April 4, 1848
Association of Irritated Residents v. USEPA, Still More Or Less Irritated
With a name like the "Association of Irritated Residents," the group deserves some publicity. Especially since it took on the USEPA in a suit to force the USEPA to live with a 2006 deadline for meeting PM-10 standards set for the salad bowl. That's the nickname for the San Joaquin Valley here in California.
The Association of Irritated Residents (no website available) wanted the Clean Air Act's required five percent reductions of PM-10 (airborne particulate matter less than 10 microns) to start by 2006, the original deadline set by the USEPA. When it appeared that the Valley would not be able to meet the 2001 deadline, it was extended to 2006, and the USEPA proposed to push the deadline back even further to 2010.
The Association of Irritated Residents was, not surprisingly, irritated. They sued, along with a host of other non-profit groups, including the Latino Issues Forum, Medical Advocates for Healthy Air and the Sierra Club.
Now, however, they're even more irritated. The Ninth Circuit handed them a loss, and authorized the USEPA to push back the compliance deadline to 2010.
According to the San Joaquin Valley's Clean Air Now group, "The Valley is also one of the most polluted regions in the state and country. The Valley does not currently meet health-based standards set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency for ozone and particulate matter. On average the Valley exceeds the federal health-based standards for ground-level ozone 35-40 days and more than 100 days over the state ozone standard. While levels of airborne particles exceed the federal standard less than five times annually, because the California standard is set at a lower and more protective level, the Valley exceeds this limit an average of 90-100 days per year. "
Looks like it's going to stay that way for a while longer, and residents may be even more irritated. The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District has a plan, however, so maybe it won't take that long.