On Feb. 5, Gov. Jerry Brown appointed John Capitman, Ph.D., to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District's governing board.
In 2007, after years of advocacy by the Central Valley Air Quality Coalition, and other organizations, SB 719 was signed into law to add community representation to the board, with the inclusion of seats for a scientist and a municipal representative.
Capitman will be the latest person to fill the scientist seat and advocate for scientific integrity from the air district. He has an extensive background researching air quality and its effects on human health.
He arrived at Fresno State in 2005. Throughout the years, he has been an advocate for cleaning the air to preserve and enhance the quality of life of San Joaquin Valley residents.
The announcement of his appointment came one day after several environmental justice groups addressed a letter to the board asking for the resignation of the district's executive director due to comments he made during a radio interview. In that interview, the director criticized EPA air quality standards.
It is exciting that Mr. Capitman will serve as a reasonable and proactive leader and advocate for the health of Valley residents.