Letters to the Editor

'Victory for clean air'

I was pleased to read your article (Dec. 23) reporting that a federal appellate court struck down the most recent Bush administration attempt to eviscerate provisions of the Clean Air Act by weakening rules enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency.

We in the Valley, home to some of the filthiest air in the country, should celebrate this legal victory for clean air. Paybacks to corporate contributors through regulatory inaction have become expected behavior from this administration.

The lawsuit that now requires the EPA to put teeth in their rules was brought by the California South Coast Air Quality Management District, the American Lung Association, Environmental Defense, the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the District of Columbia and six eastern seaboard states.

I wonder why, as managers of the worst air basin in the United States, our very own San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District was not also a plaintiff in this lawsuit?

Nancy J. Ellis