August 10, 1996 in Nation/World

Smog Panel Members Quit Over Softer Plan

Compiled From Wire Services

Ten of 11 members of an advisory council to the Los Angeles region’s smog agency have resigned in protest of policies they say will fail to clear the nation’s dirtiest air and protect public health.

At the heart of the issue is concern over the district’s Air Quality Management Plan, released Aug. 2, which scales back or removes several dozen previously recommended smog-control measures.

The plan, which is revised every three years, backs away from earlier measures to control particulate pollution, tiny pieces of soot from car exhaust and dust that can lodge deep in the lungs and cause chronic health problems.

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