Economy

October 22, 2010

Central California to make motorists pay dirty air penalty

The San Joaquin Valley's air board voted Thursday to make motorists -- not industry — pay a $29 million dirty-air penalty intended for pollution-emitting businesses. The decision, first of its kind in the nation, would add $12 to vehicle registration fees in the Valley beginning next year — if air-quality activists don't successfully challenge it in court.

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