Two billion dollars in federal roadbuilding funds risk being withdrawn if the Valley air district's cleanup plan isn't submitted by June 15 (story March 18). On the surface, losing $2 billion sounds like a tough pill to swallow.
One can live with losing $2 billion for more roads, which will undoubtedly lead to more motor vehicle use, thereby adding more pollution to the existing mix. Submitting a hasty plan, especially if misguided, will be an even tougher pill to swallow.
District executive director Seyed Sadredin put it quite poignantly saying, "The plan is not valid if we rely on reductions from technology or something else that does not exist yet. It will be rejected or not even accepted, and sanctions could begin 18 months later." There must be a better way and a viable solution that maybe, just maybe, hasn't been offered.
The message is clear and now we have the opportunity to have our voices heard; a chance for us to do something positive regarding our deleterious and worsening air pollution. Attend the public hearing held April 30 at 11 a.m. at air district headquarters. Change will definitely do a body good.