After the EPA labelled the city’s air too polluted to meet smog standards, San Antonio leaders have put their top public health official in charge of the cleanup.
The move will likely slow the pace of transportation projects and increase costs on industrial businesses moving to or expanding in Bexar County.
A March letter states that the Environmental Protection Agency would consider “all or portions of Bexar County as, at best, unclassifiable.”
City leaders said they are all for moving forward with a plan designed to preserve sensitive habitat and natural resources.
City Council approved two proposals intended to reduce pollutant exposure within city limits Thursday: an anti-idling ordinance and a ban on coal tar sealants.