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US Supreme Court Takes Up Port's Clean Air Policy

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The Port of Los Angeles enacted its Clean Truck Program to control air pollution linked to cancer and respiratory diseases in the so-called "diesel death zone" created by trucks, ships and trains. Truck emissions are down by 80 percent, a boon for low-income residents near the Port and for the rest of the LA Basin. But today, conservatives on the US Supreme Court indicated they might strike down the program, not based on public health but on an obscure provision of federal law. We hear a report on the impact of air pollution around the Port, talk to both sides and hear what the Supreme Court Justices had to say.

Image-for-WWLA.jpgOn our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, at least three people are dead and 176 wounded in yesterday's bombings at the Boston Marathon. We update the investigation and look at the impact on a historic American city.

 

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