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San Diego Is Tough On Bad Air

Aired 11/15/11 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Bob Kard, is the control officer for the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District.

Joy Williams is Research & Community Assistance Director for the Environmental Health Coalition


Special Feature Toxic Air In Your Community

To begin exploring how air pollution may affect your community, use this interactive map of more than 17,000 facilities that have emitted hazardous chemicals into the air. Color-coded dots and scores of one to five smoke stacks are based on an EPA method of assessing potential health risk in airborne toxins from a given facility.


San Diego County Air Pollution Control District complaint line 858-586-2650

We interview Bob Kard about San Diego's commitment to clean air.

Evening Edition airs weekdays at 5 PM and 6:30 PM on KPBS TV.

Earlier this month, NPR reported on an Environmental Protection Agency "watch list" for businesses who are chronic violators of the Clean Air Act.

The list was kept secret from the public - until recently. Why are no San Diego County businesses on the watch list? We'll discuss the issue today with Bob Kard and Joy Williams.

EPA: Watch List

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collegegrad | November 15, 2011 at 1:29 p.m. ― 5 years, 4 months ago

so...... who are these chronic violator businesses, where are the twenty sites and how do we see the list?? apparently putting them on this bureaucratic 'secret list' hasn't magically made them 'come clean'. pehaps it's time to try to shame them into compliance?

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Frank_N_Blunt | November 17, 2011 at 10:57 p.m. ― 5 years, 4 months ago

The debate about which list and then category of health risk or contaminant levels makes the monitoring and enforcement bureaucracy very suspicious. Seems as if any reductions that are suggested may be due to mere categorical wrangling. Is it a smokescreen? Shouldn't the process actually involve first removing the pollutant, contaminant, toxin, and health risk then seeing how that affects the determination whether the violation should be appeased? Just as well they take the overall regional levels and how each affects the total, not how any particular emitter can have an absolute or singular effect on exposure to the area they influence. Kard appears anxious, he can't be admittedly so clueless and won't out anybody over the air. Appears to be another example of how such agencies are politically influenced to compromise their objectives and purpose much less the attain the ideal. In my experience, that is the unfortunate norm and it gets worse when oversight agencies suffer from institutionalized cronyism that obscure their issues and fail to protect citizens.

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