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Calling for Seyed Sadredin's Resignation

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CALLING FOR SEYED SADREDIN’S RESIGNATION as Executive Director of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District

Sign now, if you think the San Joaquin Valley deserves a new Air District Director who values public health!

On August 19, 2013, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District’s Executive Director, Seyed Sadredin, was interviewed on “PowerTalk 96.7 FM.” When asked by the radio interviewer, Bill Manders, how the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can level a $29 million fine against the San Joaquin Valley for air pollution, Sadredrin didn’t correct the record. 

In reality, the $29 million federal dirty-air penalty relates to the Valley’s non-attainment of the one-hour ozone (or smog) standard. The fine was intended to be levied on polluting industries, but instead the air district chose Valley residents to pay for it with an extra $12 on their annual DMV registration. And those funds go to the Air District to be used for Valley clean-air programs such as diesel replacement. Even if the Valley meets the one-hour ozone standard, the Air District can continue to collect the DMV fees to support its programs. If the air district wants us to help pay for this fine and clean-air programs, polluting businesses should pay for their share.

Throughout the interview, Sadredin’s responses to Manders’ questions were inconsistent with his job description, which is to protect the Valley’s air quality and public health. Instead of taking responsibility for the Valley’s non-attainment of the one-hour standard and the corresponding penalty, he defends the business community while pointing a finger at the EPA, nonprofit organizations, and the people of the Valley.

In the interview:

Sadredin blames the Environmental Protection Agency calling it the “guilty party.” He calls the regulations EPA enforces “outrageous” and suggests that the Clean Air Act is outdated and should not apply to the Valley.

Sadredin blames the Bay Area and China for the Valley’s air pollution problems, instead of tackling the many unregulated sources of air pollution in the valley.  

Sadredin blames “extremist environmental groups” for why the fine was levied.

Sadredin calls himself a “pro-business conservative” and says that the Air District’s Governing Board also is pro-business and conservative.

Sadredin defends business’ right not to be “held hostage” but not the rights of the people he is supposed to be protecting, who have a right to breathe clean air.

Sadredin says that the Valley’s businesses have done everything that they can, and that people need to “look in the mirror” and step up to do their part.

The people are stepping up. Those who have signed this petition, are calling for Seyed Sadredin’s resignation as Executive Director of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. This winter, the San Joaquin Valley has seen the worst air pollution in 12 years. It’s time that the residents of the Valley have someone working on their behalf to improve their quality of life instead of blaming everyone else for the Valley’s bad air.

Sign now, if you think the San Joaquin Valley deserves a new Air District Director who values public health!



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