Air quality agency votes to cut emissions less than proposed

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Posted: Dec 05, 2015 12:53 PM

DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (AP) — Air quality regulators have voted to lower an emissions cap to try to clean up smoggy Southern California but the cut will be smaller than initially proposed.

The Los Angeles Times reports Saturday (http://lat.ms/1jFNLq3 ) that the South Coast Air Quality Management District board voted to reduce the cap on emissions from facilities including refineries and factories from 26.5 tons of nitrogen oxides a day to 14.5 tons by 2022.

Air district staff had proposed a cut to 12.5 tons over the same period. Environmental groups wanted even steeper cuts.

Industry officials said bigger cuts would have required costly pollution control upgrades.

The Friday vote followed hours of testimony at a public hearing in Diamond Bar.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/