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While nation focuses on EPA changes, California has emission debates of its own

Much of the coverage concerning air pollution in America these past few weeks has focused on the controversial new EPA regulations concerning coal-burning power plants, but there have been more local efforts to clean the air as well.

Updated in 2010, the new emission-reducing regulations required by the California Air Resources Board are slated to go into effect on January 1st, 2012. These restrictions, which are aimed at diesel-producing trucking companies, are being attacked with renewed vigor as the deadline approaches.

Due to pressure from worried business owners, who cite the expense of such a change as a concern, the CARB has allowed for some leeway in the rule, causing mixed responses from the public. California is notoriously poor when it comes to air pollution, and proponents of these restrictions may see this backing off as a sign that nothing has changed.

Still, the diesel particle emissions can be something of a health hazard, regardless of tightening restrictions. Consider investing in a medical-grade air purifier to help keep the air in your home healthy and clean.

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