Valley airs soot woes at EPA hearing

Jesse and Jessika Hernandez were barely a year old when the twins contracted asthma.

Now, at age 10, they grapple with the illness every day, missing school and ending up in a hospital, because of the poor air quality in their native Fresno.

The two were among several dozen that attended the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Sacramento hearing on national air quality standards Thursday. The agency is proposing a change to the annual standard for soot and is seeking the public’s input.

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