Last night at the Merced City Council meeting Mr Seyed Sadredin of the Valley Air District gave the city council a 30 minute presentation about the recent decision to reclassify the valleys 8 hour ozone pollution compliance to extreme.
Mr Sadredin told the city council and attending residents the great news that Merced County has “virtually” clean air!Â He also said that with clean air, the medical costs attributed to dirty air will go away!Â I am so glad Mr Sadredin cleared this up for us!
This is fantastic news.Â This morning I threw my Advair away knowing that dirty air was no longer a problem in my life, and the Asthma problems I have been dealing with since I moved to the Valley would be in remission shortly.Â I also was overjoyed to look outside my bedroom window this morning and see mountains in the distance to the east and west.Â I have NEVER seen that before.Â It seems that we just needed to be told we had no problem for it to go away!Â Our $3.2 billion in associated health costs are just psychosomatic.Â You can actually see the mountains, it has just been mass hysteria that has stopped us from doing so.
Come on Mr Sadredin, wake up and smell the dirty air.Â Yes, our valley has seen improvements, and you are indeed welcome to some of the credit for this.Â Your wonderful facts and figures about how much you have cleaned our air is very impressive, but we still have a long way to go.Â As you said yourself the last 20% takes 80% of the work.
Mr Sadredin, your statements last night saying that “no matter if we swapped out every diesel and gas burning car with clean burning alternatives, it would not be enough to reach attainment anytime sooner than 2023” says a couple of things to me:
You are not being logical.
If money was no object, and we swapped every vehicle to be a PZEV or even ZEV using current technologies, there would be a dramatic improvement to our air quality.Â Even you said that 80% of our problem comes from mobile sources, and so if making 80% of the problem partially or fullyÂ emission free cannot solve the problem what can?
So you stated repeatedly now that we cannot make the air clean with current technology even “money was no object”.Â And so using your logic, we are forced to admit that we are an “extreme” case, that needs the Pandoras black box rule that allows us to gamble on future technology to be able to clean the air for us.
Mr Sadredin, please choose a story and stick to it:
Â Either we have “virtually” clean air or we have no chance of making deadlines for clean air – which is it?
Your use of the word “virtually” in the description of Merced County’s air problem is something I find condescending.Â Those of us who have seen the health impacts of the “virtually clean air” can only be saddened by the fact that even as many people are suffering and even dying because ofÂ the health implications of Merced’s dirty air, the leader of the organization tasked to help us overcome these issues is essentially telling us we “virtually” have no problem.
One final note, as you commence on the 58 city tour of the valley to tell the city councils about the boards recent decision I hope you will be doing your bit by using public transport wherever possible, or at least using a low emission vehicle.