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Changes in air pollution control on county agenda

October 15, 2001|By LAURA MITCHELL, Staff Writer

The county Board of Supervisors will have a special hearing at 11 a.m. Tuesday to look at proposed changes to the way the county controls airborne pollutants such as dust, dirt and soot.

The supervisors, sitting as the Air Pollution Control District board, may approve the changes as part of a state implementation plan required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA ruled Oct. 9 that, aside from pollution that comes from Mexico, the county only moderately violated a set standard for airborne particles, also known as PM10.

The PM10 standard is 150 micrograms of particle matter per cubic meter, which is small enough to be inhaled and get into the lungs, according to the EPA.


The EPA's ruling helps the county avoid imposing costly air-pollution controls on businesses and farming, but requires the plan.

At its regular meeting, the board is scheduled to approve final plans and specifications for the Heber essential services building.

The board meets at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the board chambers on the second floor of the County Administration Center, 940 W. Main St., El Centro.

Meeting agendas are available online at

Staff Writer Laura Mitchell can be reached at 337-3452 or by e-mail at

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