Paul Cort an attorney for Earthjustice who participated in the litigation of the issue in the lower courts and filed an opposition to the Homebuilders petition for Supreme Court review said, "We were glad to stand with the San Joaquin air district to defend this rule. No special interest should have a free ride in a region where schools and parents are frequently warned to keep children indoors on bad air days." Timothy O'Connor of the Environmental Defense Fund said, "The Supreme Court's action supports this common sense regulation to clean up the air in one of the most polluted areas in the country. Now the trade associations will have to follow the lead of the hundreds of California developers who have complied with this pollution-cutting measure."
Gordon Nipp of the Sierra Club's Bakersfield chapter said, "Every sector must do its part to help clean up our air in the San Joaquin Valley, some of the worst in the nation. Agriculture is learning to comply with the federal Clean Air Act, and now the homebuilders will join the fight against air pollution, despite their past legal recalcitrance." Earthjustice represented Environmental Defense and the Kern-Kaweah (Bakersfield), Tehipite (Fresno), and Mother Lode (Sacramento) Chapters of the Sierra Club in the lower court litigation.
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