Air quality regulators thwarted in effort to make air pollution worse in L.A. Basin
It’s good to know that the public interest is protected by public agencies staffed by high-minded public servants. Unfortunately, it’s not true very often and clearly not in the case of the South Coast Air Quality board which was caught red-handed by Judge Ann I. Jones. She ruled that approval of 13 planned power plants was illegal because air quality regulators didn’t require environmental and health studies on the pollution they will generate. Even worse, the Times says that last week regulators “lobbied by a host of former politicians, decided to sell
the (banked air pollution) credits to energy companies for $420 million: about half the market
value.” Top air regulator Barry Wallerstein warns there will be blackouts as we keep building without enough power. And that’s the key: If public officials obeyed the law and stopped giving away the people’s money, we wouldn’t have overdevelopment that pollutes our air, exhausts our water resources, clogs our roads and ruins our neighborhoods.
MTA’s plan to cut a sweetheart deal to overdevelop Van Nuys thwarted by environmental hazard
The L.A. Weekly reports that the MTA board started playing its usual political games in considering approval of “a vast, ‘transit-oriented’ luxury-apartment complex sprinkled with 30,000 square feet of shops” on an Orange Line busway parking lot. The community hates the project that has several political heavyweights jockeying to get the lucrative deal. But Steven Leigh Morris reports the real problem is toxic chemicals emitted from “Chevron USA’s Van Nuys Terminal — a gas-storage, -reprocessing and -redistribution plant less than 100 yards away.” So much for the value of human life when friends can make a buck.