- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (AP) - Air quality regulators are meeting in Diamond Bar to consider changing Southern California pollution restrictions.

The changes are needed to meet promises made by the South Coast Air Quality Management District more than a decade ago.

After those changes were made, the agency came up with what they called the Regional Clean Air Incentives Market. It was supposed to help oil refineries, power plants, factories and other large facilities buy pollution credits so they could ease into compliance.

But the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1RtrKIC ) says the controversial program made it cheaper for power users to buy up credits than to clean up. California still has the dirtiest air in the country.

During Friday’s meeting, AQMD members will consider cutting the number of available credits in half.

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