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Ambitious Air Improvement Program Brought Community To The Table - Here's How It's Working So Far

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Kerry Klein
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Valley Public Radio
Fresno resident Kim McCoy, standing on the right, speaks about AB 617 during a meeting of the Valley air district's governing board on September 19, 2019.

The San Joaquin Valley lies underneath one of the two most polluted air basins in the country. That’s why, in 2018, two communities here – one in Shafter and one in south-central Fresno – were selected among the first to participate in Assembly Bill 617, an ambitious state law that enables local involvement in air protection.

Now, 18 months into the community-led process, FM89’s Kerry Klein checks in on its progress in Fresno with Central California Environmental Justice Network Director Nayamin Martinez, Caglia Environmental Health and Safety Manager Janet Gardner, and Jonathan London, a professor of human ecology at UC Davis.