Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's bid to be known as America's greenest governor may take a hit this week if his new budget agreement, hammered out in secret with legislative leaders, weakens air pollution rules and guts mass-transit funding.
Environmentalists raised a ruckus Thursday as word leaked out that the budget "framework" to be voted on this weekend would delay requirements for construction companies to retrofit diesel equipment. "This budget will lead to more asthma, more heart disease and more premature deaths for Californians, and it will also mean higher healthcare costs," said Don Anair of the Union of Concerned Scientists.
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