Coalition Lobbies Air Regulators

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(Modesto, CA)
Monday, October 24, 2005

The coalition is upset about a proposed regulation by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, that calls for developers to either construct neighborhoods and buildings that are environmentally friendly, or pay a mitigation fee.
For example a developer could avoid the fee by putting bicycle paths or shade trees in a subdivision.
Coalition member Joy Madison, of the Modesto Chamber of Commerce says the fees could restrict development and drive up the cost of doing business.

"Our concern is that they're prohibitively high. So we would like the air quality board to take a look at those fees."

Agency spokeswoman Jamie Holt says developers are indirectly responsible for air pollution and should contribute to combating the problem.

"We feel that air pollution is something that everyone needs take a mutual responsibility for."

The board is expected to vote on the proposal in December. Holt says, if approved, the regulation would go into effect next year.