- Associated Press - Saturday, July 22, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler says if the city wants clean air, it must create a local air pollution authority and stop waiting for the state to fix the problem.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports (https://bit.ly/2gSdSy7 ) Wheeler Friday became the first local leader to endorse the formation of a regional air pollution district, saying industry influence had undercut state attempts to clean up the air for too long.

Wheeler says he became convinced a local district was needed after reading a story in The Oregonian/OregonLive Friday that revealed the Department of Environmental Quality diluted its plan to crack down on toxic air pollution amid industry pressure.

Wheeler says a local district would have the authority to monitor the air, set enforceable standards and issue penalties.

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