July 31, 2017 by Ronjoy Bezbarua
(Source: The News & Observer) Cap and trade puts a cap on California’s greenhouse gas emissions and requires polluters to obtain permits for each metric ton of carbon they release. Businesses can purchase additional permits from the state or from other firms that don’t need them. Environmental justice organizations say this leads to foul air in neighborhoods around smokestacks, leading to asthma and other health problems particularly in children. They’ve pushed lawmakers to get tougher on polluters. AB617 by Democratic Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia requires local air quality management districts to monitor and report air quality data around the dirtiest sources of pollution. Some polluters will be required to upgrade equipment to newer, cleaner technology. Read full article….