First grassroots group starts fight on Sacramento smog

NEVADA CITY — The first grass-roots movement to combat Sacramento Valley's scourge of smog is sprouting on an unlikely turf: mountain hamlets that boast crystal clear, cobalt skies.

Though the car-clogged Valley and Bay Area spew most of the smog-forming pollutants, residents perched downwind in the Sierra often breathe the brunt of the brew. The inequity has long chafed foothills business owners who resent paying for permits and equipment to cut smog that is largely not of their making.

Now the dialogue is changing from finger-pointing to fact-finding. Those driving the debate are not the local merchants and politicians crying over-regulation but residents worried about pollution's toll on their health, and, moreover, their children's well-being.

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