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California Air Resources Board News Clips for July 6, 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 Arvin air monitoring station moved; results skewed. The San Joaquin Valley's air may suddenly be a little cleaner this summer, if only on paper. The nation's dirtiest air monitoring station over the past decade – Arvin in Kern County – has been moved to an apparently cleaner location two miles away. The move could statistically make the Valley's air cleaner without actually reducing pollution or making the air any healthier to breathe. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/07/05/2454074/arvin-air-monitoring-station-moved.html#storylink=misearch Inhofe questions EPA science behind new standards. The top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is seeking to use a recent National Academy of Sciences review of formaldehyde to raise questions about U.S. EPA's scientific basis for new air quality standards due out this summer. In a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) linked NAS criticisms of the scientific methodologies used by EPA's Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) in evaluating formaldehyde to the process the agency is using to update the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) this month. Posted. BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY. http://www.eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/07/06/8/ Neighborhood gags as its economic engine spews pollution. SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- Teresa Flores has lived her entire life surrounded by a tangle of rail lines in this low-income, west-side neighborhood, listening to train whistles and horns and what she calls the "crash bang boom." "Every time a train comes through a road crossing, they blow the whistle three times. You can hear the train coming from Cajon Pass all the way over to here," the 57-year-old said as she surveyed her neighborhood on a recent hot day. Posted. BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/2011/07/05/archive/1?terms=GAGS CLIMATE CHANGE Court sides with enviro groups on airline emissions. A federal judge has sided with environmental groups on a lawsuit that seeks to limit carbon emissions from airplanes, ruling yesterday that the Clean Air Act requires U.S. EPA to decide whether the emissions pose a threat to human health or welfare. The Obama administration had asked to dismiss the lawsuit from groups such as the Center for Biological Diversity, Oceana and Friends of the Earth. It argued that EPA gets to choose whether to make such an "endangerment finding," as the last administration argued before the Supreme Court after it was presented with a challenge on the emissions from cars and trucks. Posted. BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/2011/07/06/6/ DIESEL EMISSIONS CARB extends tractor-trailer reporting deadline to Aug. 1. SACRAMENTO — The California Air Resources Board has announced that trailer fleet owners now have an extra 30 days — until August 1 — to register their fleets if they want to take advantage of a flexible phase-in option for a new California regulation designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Posted. http://www.thetrucker.com/News/Stories/2011/7/6/CARBextendstractor-trailerreportingdeadlinetoAug1.aspx FUELS Automakers balk at EPA plans for higher-ethanol fuel. WASHINGTON — A dozen domestic and foreign automakers are raising concerns over damage that could be caused by gasoline containing 15% ethanol, which the Environmental Protection Agency plans to allow at U.S. gas pumps. The EPA has released its warning sticker for gasoline containing 15% ethanol, known as E15 — a final step before the higher blend can be cleared for sale in the United States. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ethanol-20110705,0,648239.story Ford, Toyota Criticize EPA Ethanol-Blend Fuel Proposal. Automakers including Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. criticized an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to allow gasoline containing as much as 15 percent ethanol in all cars and trucks in the U.S., saying its use may void warranties. Twelve automakers released letters today sent to Representative James Sensenbrenner, a Wisconsin Republican, saying the EPA proposal to sell so-called E15 fuel may damage engines and fuel-supply systems in vehicles made to run on gasoline with lower ethanol content. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/07/06/bloomberg1376-LNVFOB6K50XV01-38SGEBA8L7DJQ9856B7F9GA386.DTL Virgin Australia Researching Eucalyptus Leaves As Jet Fuel. SYDNEY—Eucalyptus leaves might soon be known for being more than just the staple diet of koala bears: Virgin Australia Ltd. plans to turn the foliage into jet fuel. Australia's second biggest airline said Wednesday that it has formed a biofuels joint venture with several energy groups focused on the native mallee species of the tree as it seeks to slash its carbon footprint and reduce costs. The move, with DynaMotive Energy Systems Corp. and closely held Renewable Oil Corp., is significant because eucalyptus trees—commonly known as gum trees—can flourish over the semi-arid parts of Australia's vast, dry landscape. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303544604576429063799381464.html?KEYWORDS=grKEYWORDS%3Dgreen+energy&_nocache=1309977311266&mg=com-wsj GREEN ENERGY Despite recession, Californians install solar panels at record-breaking pace. While the drill-baby-drill contingent was bitching about reliance on foreign oil, that hacky-sack full of smelly Nancy-Pelosi-electing hippies known as California quietly installed more solar in 2010 than any other state, ever. The numbers: Californians installed 194 megawatts of solar in 2010, 47 percent more than they installed in 2009. Granted, 2009 was kind of a crap year, economically. But so was 2010! Posted. http://www.grist.org/list/2011-07-06-despite-recession-californians-install-solar-panels-at-record-br VEHICLES California policy update for cleaner transport. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve California’s air quality plans for fine particles – also known as PM2.5. According to Jared Blumenfeld, EPA Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest, “Clean air is a critical human health issue in California. In large part, the solution will be found in moving quickly towards zero emission transportation systems”. Posted. http://www.cars21.com/content/articles/61820110706.php Ask George: What to do when the sirens are blaring. Q: I have a Clean Air Vehicle sticker for my hybrid, but I heard that the sticker will no longer be valid. Is this true? A: All hybrid vehicles that were issued with the Clean Air Vehicle (yellow) sticker through the VC Section 5205.5 Low Emission Vehicle Identification for High Occupancy Vehicle Lane use Tolls will no longer be valid as of July 1, 2011. Posted. http://www.smdp.com/Articles-c-2011-07-05-72127.113116-What-to-do-when-the-sirens-are-blaring.html Denmark to be electric cars guinea pig. Studies have shown than when prices at the petrol pump rise, there is a corresponding leap in internet searches for the electric car. But that is about the extent of it as far as the consumer is concerned. When petrol prices return to levels that do not hurt the wallet so much, interest wanes. The electric car might be touted – at least at face value - as the silver environmental bullet but its hefty price tag and consumers' natural conservatism when it comes to embracing a wholly new technology has kept it mostly in the showroom. Posted. http://euobserver.com/882/32458 MISCELLANEOUS Ride a scooter, save the world. Not to Al Gore anybody's ox, but a lot of you Whole Foods hipsters think you're green because your Prius gets 50 mpg. My scooter gets 100. I just filled up my tank on the way to work. Total cost: $3.86, about the same price as a Starbucks grande Frappuccino but fueling an adrenaline buzz that will last a lot longer. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/opinionla/la-ed-scooters-20110706,0,4064482.story Mayor Ed Lee tries to zero out carbon emissions with Volt. Mayor Ed Lee used the Fourth of July holiday to declare his independence from foreign oil. Lee took his first ride Monday in the new official mayor-mobile: a silver plug-in hybrid electric Chevrolet Volt. He had already been riding in a 2010 Ford Fusion hybrid, but the Volt can run for about 40 miles on electric power alone before needing a charge or having the engine kick in. Lee plans to drive no more than that amount a day, his administration said (looks like no trips to Montana), and charge the car from the city's carbon-free hydropower generated at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/cityinsider/detail?entry_id=92519 OPINION Support for clean diesel -- it's not an oxymoron -- must continue. Fifteen years ago, there was no such thing as a clean diesel. Today, new diesel buses, trucks and other engines are more than 90 percent cleaner. These diesel engines operate smoke-free, have created thousands of new jobs in the hard-hit engine manufacturing sector and elsewhere, and are helping to save escalating fuel costs by operating more efficiently. Unfortunately, the federal program funding these innovations in California may be coming to an end this week. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_18407033?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com BLOGS Report Reveals America Now Receives More Power From Renewable Sources Than Nuclear. A recent report published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration reveals that America now receives more of its energy from renewable sources than it does from nuclear generation plants. In the first three months of 2011, the country’s biomass/biofuel, hydropower, wind, geothermal, and solar energy generation plants produced a combined 2.245 quadrillion Btus of energy or 11.73 percent of U.S. energy production. During the same period, nuclear energy plants produced 2.125 quadrillion Btus. Posted. http://inhabitat.com/report-reveals-america-now-receives-more-power-from-renewable-sources-than-nuclear/