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newsclips -- Newsclips for February 24, 2011.

Posted: 24 Feb 2011 16:46:15
California Air Resources Board News Clips for February 24, 2011. 

This is a service of the California Air Resources Board’s Office
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individual websites to view some of the following news articles.


EPA Sets Pollution Controls For Boilers, Incinerators. 
Washington -- The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday
said new pollution controls for boilers and incinerators will
save thousands of lives every year but at half the cost of an
earlier proposal that industry and lawmakers had strongly
criticized.  The boiler and incinerator rules, required under the
Clean Air Act, will cut soot and toxic air emissions, such as
mercury and lead.  Posted. 


E.P.A. Scales Back Emission Rules.  Responding to a changed
political climate and a court-ordered deadline, the Obama
administration issued significantly revised new air pollution
rules on Wednesday that will make it easier for operators of
thousands of industrial boilers and incinerators to meet federal
air quality standards.  Posted. 

Ventura County Air Pollution Control District Hopes To Use
Coupons To Reduce Pollution.  The Ventura County Air Pollution
Control District is hoping to make the sky a little bluer while
helping people save greenbacks.  The district is launching a
program called Sky Savers, under which any local businesses
selling eco-friendly products can post coupons on a district
website to attract customers.  Posted. 


Environmental Bills Back For Another Go-Round. Arnold
Schwarzenegger was often called the “Green Governor.” But lots of
Democrats appear to think their environmental legislation has a
lot better chance under the new guy — and they’re reviving
several bills that Schwarzenegger killed in the past.  In the
seven weeks that have passed since Gov. Jerry Brown was sworn in,
Democratic lawmakers have introduced numerous pieces of
legislation that the previous governor either vetoed or opposed
so strongly that he helped make sure they never made it to his
desk. Posted.


CARB Holds One-Stop Trucking Event On Diesel Regulations. The
California Air Resources Board will hold a free daylong seminar
in Fresno on March 26 to help truck owners meet new rules for
diesel trucks and learn about available government grants and
funding. Participants can learn about which regulations apply to
their fleet, requirements for their equipment and funding
opportunities available to them, says CARB. Posted.


Rising Fuel Prices Could Cramp Economic Recovery. Increases
prompted by overseas turmoil have a ripple effect. Consumers are
already seeing the fallout from turmoil in the Middle East and
North Africa every time they fill their gas tanks. It's what they
don't see that's the bigger worry for the U.S. economy. From the
farm to the factory, businesses are facing higher costs to grow
the nation's food, ship goods and manufacture products at a time
when they're already cautious about hiring new employees or
placing big orders. Posted.


Solar Energy Faces Tests On Greenness. San Francisco — Just weeks
after regulators approved the last of nine multibillion-dollar
solar thermal power plants to be built in the Southern California
desert, a storm of lawsuits and the resurgence of an older solar
technology are clouding the future of the nascent industry. The
litigation, which seeks to block construction of five of the
solar thermal projects, underscores the growing risks of building
large-scale renewable energy plants in environmentally delicate
areas. Posted.

Solar Power Helps Clean Up Davis Superfund Site.  A Superfund
site in Davis has become the first federal groundwater cleanup
project powered by solar energy, the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency said.  EPA officials on Wednesday unveiled the
Frontier Fertilizer Superfund site's new solar photovoltaic
system, which will help power the treatment of contaminated
groundwater beneath the east Davis neighborhood.  Posted. 

EPA Looks To The Heavens To Help Clean Up Davis Brownfield Site.
An electrical resistance heating system partially funded by the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has gone online to help
shave about 120 years off the time it will take to clean up a
toxic waste site in Davis. The solar-powered equipment will
reduce the projected timeline to clean up the Frontier Fertilizer
Superfund Site from 150 years to 30 years, the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency says. “For the first time ever, solar will
provide all of the power for a Superfund groundwater cleanup,”
says Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s regional administrator for the
Pacific Southwest. Posted.


Cars That Get 40 Mpg: What Buyers Need To Know.  Washington - If
you're worried about rising gasoline prices, you'll find plenty
of options for fuel-efficient cars in 2011.  Five years ago, few
vehicles got better than 30 miles on a gallon of gas, but
vehicles that can get 40 mpg on the highway or in city driving
are becoming more common, prompted by new government rules and
advances in technology.  Posted. 


Straw-Bale House A Dream Come True For Homeowner.  Boise, Idaho
-- After a year in his straw-bale house on Boise Avenue, Mark
Lung says the house has saved him money, conserved resources,
provided a comfortable environment through four seasons and
convinced its owners, and maybe a few visitors, that straw has
life far beyond the fields.  Posted. 


A Matter of Life and Death: Not Meeting AB 32’s Objectives Is
Insanity. The importance of good air quality and the necessity of
having clean air to breathe can‘t be overemphasized. Air,
fundamental and necessary to sustaining life, one would think
every effort to ensure what we breathe be maintained to a healthy
standard, would be paramount. The harsh reality though is that,
“Greenhouse gas emissions in California have been increasing
steadily over the past several decades, with the fastest growth
occurring in the transportation sector,” reports the Public
Policy Institute of California in Driving Change: Reducing
Vehicle Miles Traveled in California. Posted.


Reading Deep in Climate Science.  After reporting a few months
ago on the rise of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, I got
e-mails from readers asking where they could find more
information about the basics of climate science. My interlocutors
even included climate-change contrarians who seemed open to the
possibility that they might be wrong. I found myself struggling
with the question of where to send them.  Posted. 

Global warming: The United Nations courts Tinseltown. The United
Nations has long courted celebrities for its peace-keeping and
anti-poverty efforts, from Mia Farrow and Ricky Martin to George
Clooney and Angelina Jolie. It is a mutually beneficial
arrangement. Hollywood stars grasp at gravitas; the U.N. pushes
for publicity. Now the beleaguered multi-national agency, fresh
from a disappointing round of climate negotiations in Cancun,
wants something more concrete: actual story lines in movies,
television and social media drawing attention to the dangers of
global warming. Posted.

Rooftop Solar Can Make A Sizable Dent In The West's Renewable
Energy Needs. This week representatives from the federal
Department of Energy and Bureau of Land Management wrap up their
California barnstorming swing, to gauge public opinion on the
topic of siting solar projects. Throughout this often contentious
debate, many have claimed that a potentially huge piece of the
power solution is being overlooked; rooftop solar. Fly into
Ontario airport in Southern California’s Inland Empire — or just
zoom in on Google Earth -- and you’ll see hundreds of block-long
warehouses. Posted.

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