SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A new state of California survey ranks Fresno and other communities in the Central Valley as the hardest-hit by pollution, joblessness and other problems.
The ranking released Thursday by the California Environmental Protection Agency means Fresno and the other most-disadvantaged communities will get a special share of the state's $800 million in cap-and-trade funds generated by penalties for companies and others that emit the most climate-changing carbon.
All the hardest-hit communities on the list are in Central and Southern California.
San Francisco Bay area public agencies are claiming the way the survey was compiled unfairly omits disadvantaged communities in that region, including Oakland and Richmond.
The state survey looked at 19 criteria including the percentage of people with asthma, quality of drinking water and air, pesticide contamination and proximity to toxic-waste sites.
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