CONTACT: Laura Baker
Residents Reveal Valley Ozone Plan as a Rouse
Residents in the country’s worst
ozone polluted air basin speak out, urging EPA to deny approval of the San
Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District’s proposed ozone plan. Members of various Kern county community
groups, including the Committee for a Better Arvin (CBA), the Association of
Irritated Residents (AIR), and the
Comité Residentes Organizados al Servicio del Ambiente Sano (ROSAS), will
gather in Arvin – the most ozone polluted city in the United States – on
Monday, October 17, 2011 at 11:30 AM to voice their opposition to EPA’s
proposed approval of an ozone clean-up plan that will fail to deliver clean air
to Arvin and the rest of the Valley as required by the Clean Air Act, their
frustration with the Air District’s recent illegal relocation of a local air
monitor, and their commitment to seeking justice through independent air quality monitoring.
WHO: The Committee for a Better
Arvin will host the press conference. CBA President, Salvador Partida, AIR President, Tom Frantz, and Laura
Baker attorney at the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment (CRPE), the
organization representing the groups, will speak at the event.
WHEN: October 17, 2011 at 11:30 AM.
WHERE: Di Giorgio County Park, 601
Meyer Street, in Arvin, CA.
Sick of living in unhealthy ozone pollution, Valley residents want the truth
revealed. The Valley Air District’s and
California Air Resource Board’s (ARB’s) recent proposal to the U.S. EPA to
attain the 8-hour ozone standard, the minimum level of ozone deemed to be
healthy, fails to cure this public health crisis and violates the Clean Air
Act. Rather than allowing the air
district, ARB, and U.S. EPA to sweep this problem under the rug, yet again,
residents are demanding real solutions, speaking out against the recent
relocation of the Arvin air monitor, and committing to start their own
monitoring project with the help of Global Community Monitor. For more information on the Bucket Brigade
project, contact Ruth Breech, 510-233-1870, at Global Community Monitor.
THE CENTER ON RACE, POVERTY &
THE ENVIRONMENT is America’s oldest and largest
environmental justice legal organization. The Center has been providing legal and technical assistance to the
grassroots movement for environmental justice for 20 years. For more information, please call
415-346-4179 and visit our website at www.CRPE-EJ.ORG.