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Desert Dwellers Ask EPA to Do its Job

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Six months after a nonprofit group sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for refusing to enforce air quality standards, Imperial Valley residents are still choking on pollution, the Comite Cívico del Valle says in a second federal lawsuit.

The Committee claims that residents of the Imperial Valley still "are adversely affected by exposure to levels of air pollution" that exceed Clean Air Act standards, including fine particles of dust and soot from the valley's "unpaved roads, windblown dust, waste burning and disposal, construction and demolition and fuel combustion."

The Committee wants the court to order the EPA to do its job, and to retain jurisdiction the EPA complies with the Clean Air Act.

It is represented by Gideon Kracov of Los Angeles.

The Imperial Valley is one of the hottest areas in the United States. Extensive irrigation, of cotton and other crops, with water sucked from the Colorado River, makes the irrigated landscape even more uncomfortable during 120-degree summer days, as it increases humidity.

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