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When you consider the causes of air pollution, you probably think of oil refineries and power plants – not huge, modern warehouses full of books, electronics, and other products to be sold online.

Victoria: “We don’t see big smokestacks here in our region, right? But what we do see is, we see mega-warehouses that exceed most times 300,000 square foot.”

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That’s Anthony Victoria of the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice, near LA. He says large storage and distribution facilities draw diesel truck traffic into the low-income areas where they’re often located.

Breathing diesel pollution can cause health problems for people living nearby. So in May, Southern California air quality officials voted to develop rules that hold freight facilities accountable for pollution caused by the truck traffic they generate.

Victoria: “We’re in the beginning stages of working with these air regulators to try to create a stronger mandate for companies to really clean up their act – really forcing them to look at how they’re moving these goods through our community.”

He says it’s an important step toward improving air quality and reducing global warming pollution.

Reporting credit: Sarah Kennedy/ChavoBart Digital Media.