Smoke!

By Tom Frantz We have suffered the effect of smoke on public health due to the wildfires this summer. It couldn’t be more obvious that serious health impairment comes...

Protecting Indoor Air Quality

By Tom Frantz How many residents of the San Joaquin Valley live in homes with swamp coolers that suck in outside air through a water-soaked mat of loose fibers...

California Defers to the Oil Industry

By Tom Frantz For several years, environmental justice advocates in California have lobbied the legislature for a buffer zone between oil production activity and schools, hospitals and residents. Every...

Dereliction of Duty

By Tom Frantz This column has detailed the lack of integrity at the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (air district) for a long time. Kevin Hall wrote...
Coal Plant in Kern County

Air District Fails Audit

By Tom Frantz For years, San Joaquin Valley clean air activists have railed against the local air district program of emission reduction credits (ERCs). This program allows new polluting...

Meat Packing and the Coronavirus

Meat packing plants (sometimes described as “disease-ridden flesh factories”) seem to be especially vulnerable to the coronavirus spreading among their workers. It likely has something to do with the air quality and...

Has the Air District Changed Its Stripes?

By Tom Frantz The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, behind the façade of a public health agency, has forever been in the back pocket of local polluting...

Electric Car Sharing

By Tom Frantz I walk up to four compact SUVs parked in front of the Community Center building at the Sunset Villa Apartments in Wasco. I need a car...

Carbon Capture and Sequestration Coming to Town

By Tom Frantz Oil and gas companies are facing an existential threat in California. The governor and legislators have agreed that the use of fossil fuel must be phased...

Two Dirty Secrets

By Tom Frantz Governor Gavin Newsom has made it clear that his administration intends “to manage the decline in fossil fuel production and consumption in California in a way...

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