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Supervisors OK Staffing Changes at Air Pollution Body



County supervisors voted 4-1 Wednesday in favor of reassigning two Air Pollution Control District employees to develop a plan to reduce emissions and community exposure. Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, who made the proposal, said it was based on environmental justice. An existing deputy director and program coordinator will work to ensure the district complies with state Assembly Bill 617. Also known as the Community Air Protection Program, AB 617 focuses on reducing pollution exposure in communities based on environmental, health, and socioeconomic information. According to Fletcher’s office, they’ll also work on permit fee structures, district rule development, and multilingual community relations. The staffing reassignments will not affect the county budget. Fletcher said that along with the county’s generally poor air quality ratings, the USS Bonhomme Richard fire at Naval Base San Diego in July — which sent columns of acrid smoke across much of the city — showed that communities, especially those of color, need more information on environmental health.