Business owners are griping about tough new anti-smog measures that could transform the way Southern Californians live and work.
They say the regulations are too costly and in some cases rely on technology that is unavailable.The new anti-smog plan by the South Coast Air Quality Management District touches virtually every aspect of everyday life, from underarm deodorants and swimming pools to cars, drive-through restaurants and backyard barbecues.
Oliver Coury, who operates Coury & Son Dry Cleaners in Redondo Beach, said he wants more time to make changes.
"We all contribute to air pollution, so we don't know who is doing what to what," Coury said. "I believe in everybody tightening up, but within limits of the equipment and costs we can afford. But they're pushing the little people more than the big people."
The agency would require dry cleaners to buy new all-in-one machines to keep fumes from escaping when clothes are transferred from washers to dryers. Coury said the machines cost up to $70,000.
Those changes are in the first stage of a far-reaching proposal approved in general March 17 by the AQMD. Each of the plan's three stages still must be approved by the 12-member board after hearings later this year.