Regional agencies in northern California’s Bay Area have released a revised 2001 Clean Air plan, which calls for the reduction of volatile compounds and nitrogen oxides by 20 percent by 2006, according to San Jose Business Journal and the Bay City News. The new plan, submitted by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Metropolitan Trans-portation Commission, and the Association of Bay Area Governments, is subject to a 30-day public comment period ending Oct. 17, 2001. The region faces serious quality issues, which may threaten more than $1 billion in federal fund-ing for road, transit, and highway projects. An initial plan was rejected in July by both federal and state regulators, because more public comment was needed, questions were raised whether the plan, if implemented, would bring regional air quality into compliance. If the plan is not approved, funding for current and future projects may be halted as of Jan. 21, 2002.

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