Re: “State limited in its fight to save anti-smog rules,” Aug. 3
Sixty-five years ago, when I was with the then-County of Los Angeles Air Pollution Controls District, air pollution in parts of Los Angeles County was so bad that if one of us went to speak about what was called “smog” to a service club in Pasadena, we were ordered to go in pairs so that the speaker would not be beaten up.
Efforts by the APCD to clean the air were not easy. Industrial firms and their associations fought strongly against costly controls. But the will of the people for cleaner air prevailed, and every source of pollution was controlled to a great extent.
Now, the Republican Congress and President Trump — bowing to industrial firms and their associations — want to curb efforts to control current and future air pollution.
Does Southern California want to go back to the dark ages 65 years ago in which we found ourselves choking and coughing while our eyes burned? I don’t think so.
But we have to let the Republican Congress know how we feel. Martin A. Brower Corona del Mar
IN THE unusually hot summer of 2016, Southern California had some of its worst air quality in years.