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Air Pollution Legislation OK´d by State Senate

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The State Senate has voted to repeal a decades-old air pollution exemption for agriculture and to phase out open field burning. Both are part of a package of bills targeting farms and dairies to help clean up the San Joaquin Valley´s dirty air.

Senator Dean Florez also is sponsoring bills to establish mile-long buffer zones between dairies and cities, and to encourage the use of agricultural waste for biomass plants. The bills are designed to help clean up the air in the valley, which is one of the dirtiest air basins in the nation.

The Senate sends the bills to the Assembly over the objection of the California Farm Bureau.