Breath­ing room

Re: “State limited in its fight to save anti-smog rules,” Aug. 3

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

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

Francine Orr Los An­ge­les Times

IN THE un­usu­ally hot sum­mer of 2016, South­ern Cal­i­for­nia had some of its worst air qual­ity in years.

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