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California Air Resources Board News Clips for February 18, 2011. California Air Resources Board News Clips for February 18, 2011. This is a service of the California Air Resources Board’s Office of Communications. You may need to sign in or register with individual websites to view some of the following news articles. AIR POLLUTION CA Biomass Plants Fined for Air Violations. California, USA -- A pair of biomass power plants touted for the clean energy they would provide California's Central Valley will pay some hefty fines for polluting the region's air, regulators said this week. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District ordered Ampersand Chowchilla Biomass LLC and Merced Power LLC to pay a combined civil penalty of $835,000 to resolve alleged violations of local regulations and the federal Clean Air Act. Posted. http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2011/02/ca-biomass-plants-fined-for-air-violations Renewable energy plants fined for Clean Air Act violations. San Joaquin Valley has some of the worst air quality in the United States. Two Central Valley biomass plants have agreed to pay more than $830,000 in fines for violating the Clean Air Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced yesterday. Posted. http://californiawatch.org/dailyreport/renewable-energy-plants-fined-clean-air-act-violations-8734 Hot Question: Why can farmers still burn in their fields? BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — As the San Joaquin Valley struggles to clean up serious air pollution, farmers are still allowed to burn in their fields. The sight of plumes of smoke raises questions for residents, but growers say they face lots of restrictions and do a lot less burning. Posted. http://www.bakersfieldnow.com/news/local/116444679.html CLIMATE CHANGE SLO County officials meet with public on climate change. San Luis Obispo County is trying to do its part to eliminate emissions blamed for global warming. Leaders are putting together a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which are held responsible for causing heat to build up in the atmosphere. County officials met with people in the community tonight for a brainstorming session, outlining their plan and asking for the public's input. Posted. http://www.ksby.com/news/slo-county-officials-meet-with-public-on-climate-change/ SCENARIOS-Risks, opportunities in the carbon markets. Several carbon dioxide (CO2) registries in the European Union have been the target of cyber attacks in recent weeks, with reported thefts of around 3.3 million CO2 permits. The criminal investigation into the thefts is drying up spot trade in the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) -- the bloc's chief mechanism to fight climate change -- as participants are wary of handling stolen permits. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/18/energy-carbon-risk-idUSLDE71H0UP20110218 'Carbon Nation': Exclusive Preview Featuring Van Jones (VIDEO). Environmental documentaries are beginning to flood theaters, but viewers frequently walk away with one question on their minds - what is the solution? Enter "Carbon Nation," a new documentary focused less on climate change problems, and more on solutions to fix our warming world. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/18/carbon-nation-video-preview_n_824544.html Movie review: 'Carbon Nation'. Although it contains its moments of doom and gloom about the potential effects of climate change, the excellent documentary "Carbon Nation" is an inspiring look at the many recent advances in clean energy and green technologies. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/reviews/la-et-carbon-nation-review-story,0,6885208.story DIESEL EMISSIONS CA trucking organization sues CARB over trucking reg. A California trucking organization filed suit this week against the California Air Resources Board in an effort to halt the most expensive trucking rule the agency has implemented on trucks. The California Dump Truck Owners Association says federal law pre-empts CARB’s Truck and Bus Regulation, and is asking a federal judge in Sacramento for an injunction on enforcement of the rule. Posted. http://www.landlinemag.com/todays_news/Daily/2011/Feb11/021411/021711-01.shtml School Bus Industry Helps Save Clean Diesel Funding. After news got out of the proposed cut to funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA), industry partners rallied together to keep the program alive. A coalition of environmental, public health, industry, and state and local government groups formed to oppose the proposed amendment, which was defeated last evening in bipartisan House vote of 73 to 352. Posted. http://www.stnonline.com/home/top-stories/3142-school-bus-industry-helps-save-clean-diesel-funding GREEN ENERGY Obama Budget Counters Republican Measure; Long Budget Fight Expected. Dueling spending plans collided yesterday, with President Obama releasing a fiscal 2012 budget that Republicans mocked for increasing clean energy funding. Today, they prepare to launch their epic spending cuts in the House. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2011/02/15/15climatewire-obama-budget-counters-republican-measure-lon-77720.html?scp=4&sq=diesel%20emissions&st=cse ARRA “most important piece of clean energy legislation in our nation’s history”: analysts. In Washington, Bracken Hendricks and Jorge Madrid, of the Center for American Progress, published an essay in Grist arguing that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) was “the single most important piece of clean energy legislation in our nation’s history”. Posted. http://biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2011/02/18/arra-most-important-piece-of-clean-energy-legislation-in-our-nation%E2%80%99s-history-analysts/ Berkeley's Inter-City Services Offers Green Job Training for California Job Markets. What job sector should people turn to in this rough economic time? A recent report from Next 10 and Collaborative Economics finds that the green job sector is growing at a rate three times than that of any other industry in California. The Bay Area leads the state for green job growth, expanding by 8 percent between January 2008 and 2009. For those ready to join the rapidly growing green sector, Berkeley's Inter-City Services, Inc. (ICS), a forward-looking vocational training facility, now offers progressive green technology and green job programs, including LEED certification training and solar installation programs. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/02/18/prweb8141312.DTL BLOGS GOP Budget Takes Aim at The Environmental Issue Country Thinks Is Most Important. The Republican budget proposal being debated in Congress right now would slash funding for many programs that safeguard public health and the environment. These cuts and other outright bans on certain EPA activities would stop the agency from doing its job in countless ways, chief among them: reducing water pollution. Posted. http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/dbeckman/gop_budget_attacks_americans_t.html When Pollution Becomes a Public Health Issue. Rosa Perea spends many days struggling to help her five-year old son, Yousef Abdallah, control his severe asthma. Her Chicago neighborhood is home to numerous polluting industries—most of which emit soot and smog pollution. Posted. http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/02/when-pollution-becomes-a-public-health-issue.php Moran Amendment to kill diesel funding fails. I’m happy to report that Representative Jim Moran’s (D-VA) amendment to H.R. 1, which would have eliminated funding for the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) program, failed last night. In a roll call vote on the floor, 352 members voted against the amendment in a bi-partisan show of support for this program that has provided state and local governments with federal funds to help reduce diesel emissions from school buses, port trucks, construction equipment, farm engines and other dirty diesel vehicles in communities across the nation since 2005. Posted. http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/rkassel/moran_amendment_to_kill_diesel.html Is Fashion Week Smoking? As I reported in Thursday’s Times, many residents of the neighborhood around Lincoln Center are less than thrilled with what Fashion Week has wrought: the noise and smell of diesel generators powering the tents for the runway shows. A video filmed on Jan. 31 by a helpful neighbor as the fashion village was being noisily erected at Damrosch Park before Fashion Week’s Feb. 10 start documented the scene as the generators were turned on. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/18/is-fashion-week-smoking/?scp=4&sq=air%20pollution&st=cse You Will Be Assimilated (if You Wish). In Thursday’s paper, I reported on two new studies linking increases in extreme precipitation to greenhouse gases released by humans. As I mentioned in the piece, one of those studies was based on analysis performed with computer time donated by the public. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/17/you-will-be-assimilated-if-you-wish/