California Air Quality Needs Additional Protection
The Bush government was told by the Environmental Protection Agency that California should be allowed to arrange tougher laws to protect the California air quality than those prepared by the federal government. President Bush did not agree with this instruction. His opinion is that there should be one equal national standard.
Senator Barbara Boxer, democrat from California is inquiring what she names an attempt by President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney to cover the threat of global warming.
The committee was told by a “whistleblower” called Jason Burnett that Stephen Johnson, the executive of the EPA visited the White House last year with a plan to allow California a waiver to toughen the California air quality laws. This waiver would permit California to set tougher California air quality protection criteria for a period of years. Bush made it clear to the EPA executive that he prefers one national standard. Johnson then denied California’s petition for tighter California air quality laws.
Johnson has claimed that there is nothing specific to California to bear the waiver for tighter California air quality laws and that his decision was made independently.
The administration has denied every request from Boxer for e-mails and other documents during her investigation. Boxer wants to take a vote from her committee to verify if they feel that she should subpoena the documents. She would take at least two republican members to attend for this vote to matter.
Coordination of demonstrations, experiments, investigations, research, analyses, and surveys referring to the control, causes, effects, extent and prevention of indoor pollution in California is the mission of the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Program.
The IAQ is a multi-disciplinary program with expertness in organic and physical chemistry, biological aerosols, microbiology and mechanical engineering among other fields.
Program staff from the IAQ in California has put through primary research on various indoor air quality issues. These issues admit but are not limited to the measuring of formaldehyde and nitrogen oxide in mobile homes, radon concentrations in California residencies and schools, discover asbestos in public buildings, survey accidental deaths due to CO, effectiveness of ultraviolet radioactivity and ventilating system to master the airborne infections and some other California air quality issues have been researched.
The chairman to the Interagency Working Group on Indoor Air Quality in California is the IAQ section chief. There are as well representatives from academic institutions, national, country and local agencies on the Interagency Working Group on Indoor Air Quality.
Unfortunately, California has not been allowed to pass tighter laws on California air quality at this time.