Valley air district $500 million fund targets diesel pollution


As the economy shrunk government budgets over the past five years, a special air district fund quietly has grown tenfold — beyond $100 million annually.

But it’s no slush fund, and it isn’t the target of activist lawsuits. This obscure pot of money is a key to curbing diesel pollution, the biggest California air-quality problem of this era.

It’s the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District’s incentive fund, bankrolled by government agencies, businesses and your vehicle registration fees.

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