(AP) -- California air quality officials are considering giving small trucking operations more time to comply with new rules to clean up diesel emissions.
Since the alternative is the continued release of carcinogens into the air, slowing of the transition to clean diesel is very much against the public interest. It would be useful to find a means to financially help the owners of small trucks with the cost of their engine upgrades. It should be noted that the proposed radical rezoning of Barrio Logan was based on the assumption that it would decrease the release of these airborne carcinogens. I failed in my attempt to convince my fellow Democrats on the City Council that the source of these carcinogens was obsolete diesel engines and not the local defense contractors. I hope that the council members will now rely on scientific fact rather than unsubstantiated testimony.
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