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Clean Air Agency self-sustaining

Regarding your article of March 24, (“Asbestos stops work on Otis Hotel”).

I am always amazed by the legitimate reasons that certain agencies of our government exist. The original reason for our Clean Air Agency was required by a change in state law attempting to consolidate clean air between agencies, the Department of Natural Resources and our local fire departments. Once this new government agency began its mandate it created a budget. Then it decided to be self-sustaining and it took on “208” ground swales, then dry cleaners, then gas stations, then marijuana laws. Now it is the lead agency on many of our building permits. Not bad for an agency created to ensure air quality.

I am always intrigued by the law of the jungle when it comes to agency survival. A simple mandate perverted into a self-sustaining agency.

Bill Tibbits

Liberty Lake

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