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California Air Resources Board News Clips for February 24, 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 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. http://www.modbee.com/2011/02/23/1569915/epa-sets-pollution-controls-for.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/02/23/2283798/epa-sets-pollution-controls-for.html#storylink=misearch 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. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/24/science/earth/24emissions.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=air%20pollution&st=cse 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. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/feb/23/Green_business_coupons/ CLIMATE CHANGE 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. http://www.capitolweekly.net/article.php?xid=zikcdu3c4bx7vw# DIESEL EMISSIONS 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. http://www.centralvalleybusinesstimes.com/stories/001/?ID=17722 FUELS 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. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-oil-econ-20110224,0,1608531,print.story GREEN ENERGY 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. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/24/business/energy-environment/24solar.html?_r=1&ref=politics&pagewanted=print 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. http://www.modbee.com/2011/02/24/1570582/solar-power-helps-clean-up-davis.html 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. http://www.centralvalleybusinesstimes.com/stories/001/?ID=17716 VEHICLES 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. http://www.modbee.com/2011/02/23/1569704/cars-that-get-40-mpg-what-buyers.html MISCELLANEOUS 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. http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/02/24/2284529/straw-bale-house-a-dream-come.html#storylink=misearch OPINION 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. http://www.californiaprogressreport.com/site/print/8708 BLOGS 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. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/24/reading-deep-in-climate-science/ 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. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/02/george-clooney-angelina-jolie-global-warming.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GreenspaceEnvironmentBlog+%28Greenspace%29 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. http://blogs.kqed.org/climatewatch/2011/02/22/yes-in-our-backyard/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+kqed%2FClimateWatchBlog+%28KQED%27s+Climate+Watch+Blog%29&utm_content=Google+Reader