California Bills Would Crack Down on Air Pollution from Farms For the first time, California farmers would have to do their part to curb air pollution, under a series of controversial bills approved last week by the state legislature. The state's agriculture industry has long enjoyed an exemption from the federal Clean Air Act, even though many of its activities generate substantial amounts of pollution; in fact, California's Central Valley, the heart of the state's farm country, has some of the nation's dirtiest air. The package of bills would eliminate that exemption, phase out the burning of agricultural waste, require …
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