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California Air Resources Board News Clips for February 23, 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 APNewsBreak: EPA to ease cost of regulation. WASHINGTON -- Faced with stiff opposition in Congress and a court-ordered deadline, the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday will make it much cheaper for companies to reduce toxic air pollution from industrial boilers and incinerators. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/02/23/1569089/apnewsbreak-epa-to-ease-cost-of.html http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/article_51bd4643-bca3-59d0-b649-e454d2fee1c6.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/02/23/2282977/apnewsbreak-epa-to-ease-cost-of.html#storylink=misearch http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/23/AR2011022301979.html http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/02/23/national/w082016S76.DTL http://www.sacbee.com/2011/02/23/3424022/apnewsbreak-epa-to-ease-cost-of.html http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_17460709 http://ww.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/feb/23/apnewsbreak-epa-to-ease-cost-of-regulation/ Cannella introduces bill to ensure California companies get full benefit of air quality regs. SACRAMENTO – State Sen. Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) said he introduced Senate Bill 358 to ensure California companies receive the full benefit of state grant funding designed to support efforts to meet and exceed California’s rigorous air quality regulations by exempting these grants from the state income tax. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/02/22/3423308/cannella-introduces-bill-to-ensure.html http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2011/02/22/1782195/cannella-introduces-bill-to-ensure.html Fouling the Clean Air Act. Largely hidden in its attack on the federal budget, the House of Representatives has approved a key Republican campaign promise to big business: Protecting it from what the new majority argues are the handcuffs of environmental safeguards. The Republicans would cuff the Environmental Protection Agency instead. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/02/23/3423719/fouling-the-clean-air-act.html EPA Overhauls Boiler Rules After Complaints About Cost. The Obama administration issued pollution rules for industrial boilers that it said are 50 percent less expensive than regulations proposed last year that drew industry opposition. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-02-23/epa-overhauls-u-s-boiler-rules-cuts-costs-50-after-industry-protests.html CLIMATE CHANGE UN 'climate vulnerability' list urged to guide aid. A climate "vulnerability index" to judge which developing countries are most at risk from global warming and in need of aid is among the proposals submitted to a U.N. body ahead of new climate talks in April. The proposal is among submissions to the United Nations that also show a deep split between rich and poor countries about how to oversee billions of dollars to help developing nations adapt to impacts such as droughts, heatwaves, floods or rising seas. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/sns-rt-climateadaptationlde71m139-20110223,0,3275616.story GREEN ENERGY US scrambles to dig out of a rare earths hole. In the Mojave Desert just off Interstate 15 on the way to Las Vegas, workers are digging for dirt that may be worth far more than a casino full of chips. The massive hole is about to get even bigger. Molycorp Inc., which owns the open mine, plans to dig out about 40,000 tons of dirt a year by 2014, up 1,200 percent from the current rate of about 3,000 tons. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/02/23/3423718/us-scrambles-to-dig-out-of-a-rare.html Ohio Is Best in the Midwest for Advanced Energy Manufacturing. It takes 8,000 components to construct a typical utility-sized wind turbine. Sourcing components can be a logistical challenge often involving many suppliers spread around the world. Complexity in the supply chain can lead to unwanted delivery delays and quality concerns. Supply chain complexity can destroy profitability. It leads to hidden costs such as longer cycle times, excess safety stock for critical parts and decreased flexibility in enacting design changes. One proven practice to decreasing supply chain complexity and the resultant cost is to co-locate manufacturing operations with critical suppliers. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/02/23/3423778/ohio-is-best-in-the-midwest-for.html RICS Releases Sustainability Report on the Financial Performance of Green Office Buildings in the USA. RICS has announced the release of a new report, "Sustainability and the Dynamics of Green Building": New Evidence on the Financial Performance of Green Office Buildings in the USA. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/02/23/3424441/rics-releases-sustainability-report.html MISCELLANEOUS NASA delays launch for Earth-orbiting satellite. Officials at a military base in central California have delayed the launch of a rocket carrying an Earth-observation satellite. Tech Sgt. Ben Rojek of the 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg Air Force Base confirmed that the launch was scrubbed five minutes before its planned takeoff early Wednesday. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/article_2bdf7b22-4000-59bc-b895-19227264c5ab.html T. Coraghessan Boyle's 'When the Killing's Done,' an environmental novel. In his superbly marketed blockbuster "Freedom," Jonathan Franzen lectured at us for a long time about the dire plight of the environment. Readers who had been busy in another room during the past 50 years learned from his earnest hero that the population is exploding, pollution is poisoning rivers and industries such as coal mining are destroying forests. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/22/AR2011022206578.html OPINION Renewable energy 'on' switch. California is blessed with renewable energy resources that it has barely begun to harvest, an enlightened electorate that understands the importance of doing so and a venture-capital community eager to make green investments. In fact, the state has everything it needs to lead the world in clean energy development, except for one thing: a functional government. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-renewable-20110223,0,7081433.story BLOGS EPA Overhauls Controversial Regulation That Spurred Business Complaints. WASHINGTON – Faced with stiff opposition in Congress and a court-ordered deadline, the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday will make it much cheaper for companies to reduce toxic air pollution from industrial boilers and incinerators. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/23/the-watchdog-epa-regulation-overhaul_n_827023.html Striking PCB Levels Found at a New York School. The federal Environmental Protection Agency has found the highest levels of leaking PCBs to date in its inspections of New York City schools, at Public School 45 in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Agency officials said that an inspection of lighting ballasts at the school on Feb. 12 revealed PCB levels of up to 660,000 parts per million, far beyond the regulatory limit of 50 parts per million. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/22/striking-pcb-levels-found-at-new-york-school/ Global warming, extreme events and weird weather. I've never been a fan of absolutes. People who espouse rigid beliefs - be they about climate change, religion, or politics (or a mix of all three) - instinctively make me question their evidence. As a reporter, I tend to see things in varying shades of gray, rather than black and white, and I gravitate towards stories that are full of nuance and complexity, where absolutes are rarely, if ever, to be found. Posted. http://voices.washingtonpost.com/capitalweathergang/2011/02/sifting_through_evidence_on_cl.html Money Pollution: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Darkens the Skies. In Beijing, they celebrate when they have a “blue sky day,” when, that is, the haze clears long enough so that you can actually see the sun. Many days, you can’t even make out the next block. Washington, by contrast, looks pretty clean: white marble monuments, broad, tree-lined avenues, the beautiful, green spread of the Mall. But its inhabitants -- at least those who vote in Congress -- can’t see any more clearly than the smoke-shrouded residents of Beijing. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bill-mckibben/chamber-of-commerce_b_826636.html Hybrids vs. Nonhybrids: The 5-Year Equation. A car buyer who lays out an extra $6,200 extra to buy the hybrid version of the Lexus RX will get the money back in gas savings within five years, according to Consumer Reports magazine, but only if gasoline averages $8.77 a gallon. Otherwise, the nonhybrid RX 350 is a better buy than the Hybrid 450h, the magazine says. The hybrid gets 26 miles per gallon, and the nonhybrid, 21, in the magazine’s calculation. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/23/hybrids-vs-nonhybrids-the-5-year-equation/ Smart Forspeed Concept EV Gets 85 Miles Per Charge, Recharges in 45 Minutes. Do you remember the Smart fortwo? That adorable tiny clown car that's perfect for electric car lovers? We haven't heard a whole lot about it lately, though it's no matter because now Daimler's minicar maker is unveiling out a concept car called Smart forspeed. And it is every bit as adorable. Posted. http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/02/smart-forspeed-concept-electric-car-gets-85-miles-per-charge-recharges-in-45-minutes.php Renault introduces electric Kangoo Maxi ZE, its fifth electric model. Renault is adding a fifth model to its lineup of four electric vehicles (earlier post), the new Kangoo Maxi ZE; Renault will thus have two electric vehicles in the small van segment by the end of 2011, the other being the Kangoo Express ZE. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/02/maxize-20110223.html#more