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California Air Resources Board News Clips for June 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 California Air Board Expands Clean-Fuel Shipping Zone. After the Navy complained that cargo ships were traveling through its testing area to avoid pollution regulations closer to shore, the California Air Resources Board votes to extend the clean-fuel zone. More than half of oceangoing vessels serving the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have been skirting traditional shipping lanes to avoid air pollution curbs, prompting California officials Thursday to extend the state's clean-fuel zone beyond the Channel Islands. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/science/environment/la-me-ships-20110624,0,3918582,print.story http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/06/24/state/n051749D52.DTL http://www.sacbee.com/2011/06/24/3724802/calif-regulators-extend-clean.html http://www.modbee.com/2011/06/24/1746932/calif-regulators-extend-clean.html http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_18345148 http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_18345148?nclick_check=1 http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/06/24/2439805/calif-regulators-extend-clean.html#storylink=misearch http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jun/24/calif-regulators-extend-clean-fuel-shipping-zone/ NASA To Fly Over Baltimore-Washington Region To Help Satellite Study Of Air Quality. NASA will be sending aircraft over the Baltimore-Washington region starting next week to help improve how satellites track air pollution. Satellites already monitor many components of air pollution, but researchers said Thursday that it is difficult to use measurements from space to detect pollution near the ground. The multi-year study is designed to help improve the ability of satellites to measure conditions near the surface. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/nasa-to-fly-over-baltimore-washington-region-to-help-satellite-study-of-air-quality/2011/06/23/AGxl8zgH_story.html http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_18338947 http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_18338947 http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/06/23/2438616/nasa-to-fly-over-region-for-air.html#storylink=misearch http://www.modbee.com/2011/06/23/1745612/nasa-to-fly-over-region-for-air.html http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jun/23/nasa-to-fly-over-region-for-air-quality-study/ Study: Spike In Birth Defects Near Mountaintop Mining. Birth defects are more likely to occur in Appalachian counties with mountaintop removal coal mining — including Eastern Kentucky — than in other counties in the region, according to a new study. The study, published last month in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Research, suggests that birth defects could result from air and water pollution created by mountaintop removal, including mercury, lead and arsenic, which have been shown to pose risks to fetal development. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/06/23/v-print/3722626/study-spike-in-birth-defects-near.html Stress May Worsen Lung Function in Kids Breathing Dirty Air. Traffic pollution combined with stressful home contribute to respiratory problems, study finds. Children who live in stress-filled homes experience more air pollution-related lung damage than kids in less stressful environments, a new study finds. Researchers looked at the effects of traffic-related pollution and parental stress on 1,400 children, aged 10 to 12, in California. There were no significant associations noted between parental stress alone and lung function levels in the children. Posted. http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/brain-and-behavior/articles/2011/06/24/stress-may-worsen-lung-function-in-kids-breathing-dirty-air Buffer Possible For TI Freeway. Southern Californians pay a high price for air pollution. Each year, air pollution is responsible for more than 5,000 premature deaths, and impacts quality life by causing respiratory illness, cancer and acute bronchitis; financially, air pollution costs the region at least $14.6 million per year, according to the California Air Resource Board. In Long Beach, air quality has been an ongoing issue, particularly because of the pollution generated from the Port of Long Beach. Posted. http://www.gazettes.com/news/buffer-possible-for-ti-freeway/article_7e5d5aea-9de6-11e0-b7e3-001cc4c002e0.html Law Requires Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Homes by July 1. The gas causes between 30 and 40 avoidable deaths annually in California. Beginnig July 1, carbon monoxide detectors will be required in most California single family houses. SB183, the Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2010, which was passed and signed into law last year, requires “that a carbon monoxide device be installed in existing dwellings intended for human occupancy that have a fossil fuel burning appliance, fireplace, or an attached garage.” Posted. http://moorpark.patch.com/articles/law-requires-carbon-monoxide-detectors-in-homes-by-july-1 Enviro Groups Sue EPA Over San Joaquin Valley Ozone. San Francisco -- California environmentalists sued U.S. EPA yesterday for failing to curb high ozone levels in the San Joaquin Valley. Earthjustice, representing the Sierra Club and other groups, filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, invoking the Clean Air Act's protections against ozone, the chief component of smog. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/06/24/17 EPA Sets New Schedule For Controversial Boiler Rules. U.S. EPA will propose possible changes to its controversial toxic emissions rules for boilers and solid waste incinerators this October and make final decisions by the end of April 2012, the agency said in a court filing today. The Obama administration is reviewing a set of petitions that seek to reconsider the rules, which have drawn an outcry from industry groups and lawmakers since they were proposed last year. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/06/24/3 Court Sides With EPA On Medical-Waste Incinerator Rules. A federal appeals court rejected a challenge today to the toxic emissions limits that U.S. EPA chose for medical waste incinerators in 2009, turning away industry groups who say the rules were stricter than the law allows. EPA may have "dithered" for a decade after the court found that a previous version of the rules was based on inadequate data, but when the agency finally acted, it made a reasonable attempt to base its emissions limits on the best data available, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/06/24/4 Tougher Fuel Standards Not Enough To Cut Emissions And Oil Demand – Study. Simply forcing the U.S. automotive industry to comply with tougher fuel economy standards won't be enough to create substantial cuts in either greenhouse gas emissions or oil use, says a new report from the National Research Council. The study finds that while tougher fuel efficiency standards are a crucial part of any plan to reduce emissions and oil demand, better standards alone would only slow the growth in both categories. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/06/24/4 Livermore Scientists Find Climate Change Could Make The Southern Ocean Smellier. A pungent organic compound that affects the Earth's heat balance is more reactive to climate change than previously believed, a new study out of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory finds. Dimethyl sulfide (DMS) -- dubbed "the smell of the sea" for its cabbage-like odor -- is produced naturally by marine plankton and is one of the greatest organic sources of sulfur emissions. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/06/24/5 CLIMATE CHANGE Gillard Stares Down 'Electoral Annihilation' With Carbon Tax. A year after ousting her predecessor, Prime Minister Julia Gillard is counting on the same political skills she used then to hold her party together as she pushes a climate-change plan opposed by 60 percent of Australian voters. With the least-liked government in almost four decades and the lowest personal popularity in 13 years, Gillard is wooing legislators across Australia for the package. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/06/24/bloomberg1376-LN7YDU0YHQ0X01-52J7F6JK9FLIJA074ODP59U7LD.DTL&type=printable Agency Lists Science 'Gaps' On Arctic Drilling. Decision makers lack key scientific information on what effect oil and gas drilling would have in Arctic offshore waters, according to a report released Thursday that also acknowledges pro- and anti-development sides in the largely undeveloped region are unlikely to agree on what is a science "gap" and what is sufficient. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jun/23/agency-lists-science-gaps-on-arctic-drilling/ DIESEL EMISSIONS Getting Mr. Warren Plugged In on the LA Port Supertanker Debate. Talk Back - Some members of the community have criticized the Board of Harbor Commissioners for approving the project without requiring a higher percentage of AMP calls per year. (See Peter M. Warren CityWatch article, “Unplugged Supertankers and the Diesel Death Zone at LA’s Port”) However, the Board of Harbor Commissioners imposed a mitigation measure on the project requiring increasing percentages of AMP (alternative marine power) …Posted. http://www.citywatchla.com/component/content/article/317-8box-right/1837-getting-mr-warren-plugged-in-on-the-la-port-supertanker-debate FUELS Germany's Verbio to Increase Ethanol Output for Use in Gasoline. Verbio Vereinigte BioEnergie AG, an operator of two ethanol plants in Germany, plans to increase production as demand rises for the motor-fuel additive. The company plans to run its ethanol plants in Schwedt and Zoerbig at full capacity in the second half of the year, Frank Struempfel, a Verbio spokesman, said by phone yesterday. That's up from about 50 percent in the second quarter. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-06-24/germany-s-verbio-to-increase-ethanol-output-for-use-in-gasoline.html http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/06/24/bloomberg1376-LNAIJ31A1I4H01-4TOSGOR5FA5SE4MAG5FAJIS6FN.DTL&type=printable Historic Anti-Corn Ethanol Amendment Faces Uphill Battle. Almost three-quarters of the Senate approved a measure to end the $6-billion-a-year blenders credit, but its prospects for ultimate passage remain cloudy. Washington—Deficit hawks have practically turned sharpened scissors into a fashion accessory on Capitol Hill. What's shocking some and delighting others is the unexpected pairings of legislators willing to share a whetstone this congressional session. Take ethanol subsidies, for instance. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/23/idUS231965469320110623 Ethanol-Dependent Towns Caught In Middle Of Subsidy Fight. Claremont, Minn -- Claremont, Minn. - The white plume still billows from the smokestack at the ethanol plant off Hwy. 14 here, and the 18-wheelers still screech to a stop at the corn unloading station. Nothing is visibly different this week at the Al-Corn plant, one of Minnesota's oldest ethanol makers - except that an era of nearly unwavering government support for the industry seems to be over. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/06/24/v-print/3724756/ethanol-dependent-towns-caught.html Herger Bill Takes Aim At Corn Ethanol. Washington — Congressman Wally Herger has joined an attack on ethanol made from corn, winning support from business, agricultural and environmental groups. On Thursday, Herger, R-Chico, and Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., introduced a bill that would reduce government support for ethanol made from corn, which is added to gasoline. Their legislation, The Ethanol Subsidy Repeal Act, would eliminate a tariff as well as a tax credit given to oil companies that blend ethanol with gasoline. Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/california/ci_18340697 VEHICLES Used Gas Sippers, Keeping That New-Car Value. Cars are not supposed to be a good investment. But Spencer Hunter, an Oregon patent lawyer, recently turned a small profit selling his 13-month-old Toyota Prius. “I drove a brand-new car for free for a year,” said Mr. Hunter, who now rides a motorcycle. The rule of thumb says that a car loses at least 10 percent of its value the moment it leaves the dealership. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/24/business/24auto.html?scp=9&sq=vehicles&st=cse Lexus CT Hybrid Is Costly Nonconformist. Last year Honda tried to break the hybrid mold by introducing the CR-Z a two-seater that was meant to differentiate itself from staid hybrid sedans like the Toyota Prius by being fun and different. Now it's Lexus' turn with the CT200h, a compact five-passenger hatchback whose motive – along with sipping gas – is to be a nonconformist. Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/car-305728-lexus-prius.html Going Green In The Carpool Lanes Takes Patience. Q. Dear Honk: Perhaps you could do some further research about confusion over the new green stickers that will let solo drivers go into the carpool lanes. In the March 18 column, you stated that "a Toyota Prius has won state approval." I have a 2005 Toyota Prius. What cars, exactly, will qualify?– Joe Ward, Anaheim. A. As you know, Joe, the 85,000 yellow carpool stickers, as of July 1, expire and will be worth far less than "Honk for President'' bumper stickers. Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/stickers-305674-honk-carpool.html AUTOMOBILES: California Electric Car Subsidy Out Of Cash, For Now. California is out of rebate money for buyers of electric cars, the California Air Resources Board said Thursday. The $5 million fund saw a rapid run-up in applications in recent months. Officials expect to renew funding in the fall, but with half the rebate amount. Government officials see electric cars and plug-in hybrids as a key way to lower pollution. In 2007, lawmakers passed a law offering rebates to people who purchase the cars. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/business/article_91996fd4-6111-53ce-a587-d5213c614a4c.html Toyota To Roll Out New Prius Model This Fall. Toyota will begin offering a Prius hybrid station wagon this fall and could add a third Prius model to its offerings sometime next year. The wagon, which Ed Larocque, marketing manager of advanced technology vehicles at Toyota Motor Sales USA, said would likely hit showrooms sometime in October, will be called the Prius v, and its sales are expected to equal roughly 15 to 20 percent of the current Prius' sales. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/06/24/7 Experts See Cost Cuts For Electric Cars. Detroit--Although a technological breakthrough for batteries is unlikely before 2020, industry experts say the case for electric vehicles will improve significantly in the next few years. Jon Bereisa, CEO of consulting firm Auto Lectrification, said at the Automotive News Green Car Conference here last week that costs of such items as the lithium ion batteries will drop as automakers boost production and achieve economies of scale. Right now the battery costs are prohibitive for many drivers. Posted. http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13746_7-20072627-48/experts-see-cost-cuts-for-electric-cars/ GREEN ENERGY Mexico’s $8 Billion Power Projects May Cut California Emissions. Mexico expects foreign investment in renewable energy to almost triple this year to $8 billion, helping U.S. states such as California to slash carbon emissions, said the head of the Latin American nation’s investment promotions agency. ProMexico, as the agency is known, is in talks with European and U.S. wind and solar-power companies for four to five projects this year, compared with four projects totaling $3 billion in 2010…Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-06-23/mexico-s-8-billion-power-projects-may-cut-california-emissions.html MISCELLANEOUS Beachgoers To Join Hands For Clean Energy Saturday. The Surfrider Foundation's South Orange County chapter invites you to join in "Hands Across the Sand," a linking of hands Saturday on three beaches to promote clean energy as an alternative to fossil fuels and offshore oil drilling. Supporters will meet about 11 a.m. and link hands at noon as part of a worldwide event. In San Clemente north of the pier, a beach cleanup will follow in cooperation with the San Clemente Watershed Task Force's Adopt-a-Beach program. Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/news/beach-305622-hands-san.html Warsaw Airport Hosts Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Hundreds of airplane enthusiasts hoisted binoculars to the skies to watch the Boeing 787 Dreamliner make its first landing at Warsaw's airport. The airplane arrived directly from its showcase at the Paris Air Show. Warsaw is the first commercial airport in Europe to host it. Poland's LOT was the first European airline to purchase the Dreamliner, with the first of eight on order to arrive mid-April. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jun/24/warsaw-airport-hosts-boeing-787-02/ http://www.nctimes.com/news/world/article_03790317-7e7f-5549-bbc3-d51183ed2413.html CARB To Host Meeting To Explain All Diesel Truck Rules. Having a hard time keeping up with the California Air Resources Board’s multiple diesel regulations? Have you run out of room on your scorecard marking adjustments and changes during the agency’s never-ending regulation amendment process? You’re not alone. To help explain its diesel rules, CARB is hosting a training course on July 19 in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Trade Technical College. Posted. http://www.landlinemag.com/todays_news/Daily/2011/Jun11/062011/062311-06.shtml OPINIONS Viewpoints: State Should Lead Again On Emission Standards. Despite another round of $4 gasoline and a continuing surge of consumer interest in high-mileage cars, the auto industry is trying to slither out of tougher fuel efficiency and emissions standards. California can put things right. By writing the nation's first global warming emissions rules nearly a decade ago under the Pavley law, the state set a ground-breaking path for the United States in the fight against global warming. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/06/24/v-print/3723978/state-should-lead-again-on-emission.html Too Much Unsettled Air Around Climate Change. By siding with coal-burning utilities and against environmental groups this week, it would seem the U.S. Supreme Court was issuing a another big-business blessing. The case, after all, was aimed at forcing smokestack power companies to limit greenhouse gas emissions. But the decision deserves a closer look and a less alarming conclusion. It was unanimous, meaning all sides on the divided court agreed, and it was written by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a solid liberal. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/06/23/EDE71K08M1.DTL&type=printable Put Brakes On Ethanol Gravy Train. The U.S. Senate finally mustered enough votes to end one of the federal government's most ineffective special-interest subsidy programs, giving new hope that there can be bipartisan progress on reducing unsustainable federal deficits. The Senate voted 73-27 last week to repeal the $5 billion annual ethanol subsidy just a couple of days after turning down a similar measure. The bill also would repeal a harmful 54-cents-a- gallon tariff on imported ethanol, most of which comes from Brazil. Posted. http://www.dailybreeze.com/opinions/ci_18339755 Don't Ignore Climate Skeptics – Talk To Them Differently. More scientific data won’t convince doubters of climate change. But reframing the debate as one about values could make a difference. The American debate over climate change turns on two main themes. One is the science of the problem; the other is government measures to fix it. Many believe these themes cover the entire debate. They're wrong. Far more than science is at play on climate change. At its root is a debate over culture, values, ideology, and worldviews. Posted. http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Opinion/2011/0624/Don-t-ignore-climate-skeptics-talk-to-them-differently BLOGS California Widens Clean-Fuel Zone for Ships. A ship anchored outside the Port of Long Beach waits to unload some cranes. Noting that cargo ships are traveling longer distances to avoid having to switch as quickly to a cleaner-burning fuel off the California coast, the state’s Air Resources Board has changed its fuel regulations. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/24/california-widens-clean-fuel-zone-for-ships/?pagemode=print Fracking and Water: E.P.A. Zeroes In on 7 Sites. The Environmental Protection Agency has chosen seven natural gas drilling sites where it will conduct case studies to evaluate the impact of hydraulic fracturing on local drinking water. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, involves freeing of natural gas trapped in shale rock by injecting copious amounts of water at very high pressure. It has become increasingly controversial as companies have turned to drilling horizontally at significant depths. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/23/fracking-and-water-e-p-a-zeroes-in-on-7-sites/?scp=3&sq=green%20energy&st=cse Wanted: Republicans for Responsible Oil Policy. When President Obama announced the release of oil from the country’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve today, the usual suspects weighed in all around. Iran and other oil exporters, along with the American Petroleum Institute, criticized the move. Joe Romm, who’s directly on his game on such issues, referred readers to his 2008 congressional testimony laying out the logic for such releases if they’re coupled with conservation measures. Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/23/wanted-republicans-for-responsible-oil-policy/?pagemode=print California Congressman Tackles Toxic Trade In New Bill. Modern-day alchemy is alive and thriving. Impoverished populations in China, India, Nigeria and Ghana burn old desktop computers, hard drives and circuit boards, breathing in metallic fumes while searching for minuscule amounts of gold and other valuable metals embedded in computer chips. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/06/modern-day-alchemy-is-alive-and-thriving-impoverished-populations-in-china-india-nigeria-and-ghana-burn-old-desktop-comput.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GreenspaceEnvironmentBlog+%28Greenspace%29 The Nine Lives of Ethanol Myths. Do myths have nine lives? In the case of myths about ethanol, one might think so. Pervasive ethanol myths like “ethanol isn’t energy efficient,” and “ethanol raises food prices” – keep coming back to life even though they have been debunked over and over again. Why do these myths continue to resurface? Powerful special interests, such as Big Food and Big Oil, pay millions of dollars in lobbying and advertising every year in order to keep these myths fresh in the minds of American consumers. Posted. http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2011/06/the-nine-lives-of-ethanol-myths Bank of America Putting Billions into Solar. This deal is a really big deal. Bank of America announced an agreement this week with ProLogis, and NRG Energy and the US DOE’s Loan Program Office to finance the deployment of up to $2.6 billion of commercial and industrial rooftop solar installations, all across the country. This will be the largest distributed solar deal in history, which will create the equivalent of over 10,000 job-years, while providing 733MW of distributed solar energy, which is enough to power 100,000 homes across 28 states. Posted. http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/06/announcement-bank-america-putting-billions-solar/ New Solar Cells Can Be Printed Right Onto Buildings. The world's largest dye-sensitized solar cell has just made an appearance. These cells have a couple of major advantages over traditional solar cells: one, they're incredibly cheap, and two, they can be printed right onto the materials used to make a building. Right now they’re being incorporated into girders manufactured by Tata steel. Posted. http://www.grist.org/list/2011-06-23-new-solar-cells-can-be-printed-right-onto-buildings Study Finds That Linking Increased Transportation Tax To Environmental Or Other Specific Benefits Increases American’s Support For Higher Transportation Taxes. A national phone survey by the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) found that a majority of Americans would support higher taxes for transportation, under certain conditions. The survey results show that very low support levels for a one-time gas-tax increase or a new mileage tax can be raised by modifying how the tax is structured and the way it is described. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/06/mti-20110624.html