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California Air Resources Board News Clips for July 7, 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 Clamps Down On Pollution Spoiling Air Downwind. The EPA is clamping down on pollution from power plants in 27 states that contributes to unhealthy air downwind. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced the final rule Thursday. The regulation will clean up smog, soot and acid rain in downwind states - where they add to locally produced pollution, making it impossible for those states to meet air quality standards. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_EPA_DOWNWIND_POLLUTION?SITE=ORAST&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT AP Newsbreak Story: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/federal-government/epa-rule-requires-power-plants-in-28-states-to-reduce-pollution-spoiling-air-downwind/2011/07/07/gIQA7WE61H_story.html EPA To Impose New Power Plant Rules. The Environmental Protection Agency will finalize rules Thursday that will compel 28 states and the District to curb air pollution that travels across states, according to sources briefed on the matter, the first in a series of federal restrictions aimed at improving the air Americans breathe. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/epa-to-impose-new-power-plant-rules/2011/07/07/gIQACem11H_story.html http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-dumps-suit-20110707,0,7682583.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+latimes%2Fnews%2Flocal+%28L.A.+Times+-+California+|+Local+News%29&utm_content=Google+Reader EPA Will Approve, Not Reject, Area Pollution Plan. A Southern California plan to cut air pollution by particles smaller than the width of a human hair will be approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, not rejected, as the agency threatened last year. The EPA says that deficiencies in the state's plan to reduce fine particles to 1997 levels by 2015 have been corrected. Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/common/printer/view.php?db=ocregister&id=307284 New Danger Found In Asbestos Town. For a decade, the people of Libby have longed for the day when they will be rid of the asbestos that turned their town into the deadliest Superfund site in America. Now they are being forced to live through the agony all over again, thanks to two giant piles of bark and wood chips on the edge of town. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_ASBESTOS_TOWN?SITE=CACRU&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT AP Newsbreak Story: http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_18429120 http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_18429120 CLIMATE CHANGE NH Gov. Lynch Vetoes Plan To Opt Out Of Greenhouse Initiative. Littleton, New Hampshire (Reuters) - New Hampshire Governor John Lynch on Wednesday vetoed a bill that would have ended the state's participation in a regional greenhouse gas reduction program, citing concerns about environmental and economic competitiveness. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/06/us-greenhouse-new-hampshire-idUSTRE76567020110706 Warmer Temperatures May Threaten California Vineyards, Study Says. Scientists project that in the next 30 years, Napa and Santa Barbara counties will be 2 degrees warmer and have more very hot days. That could affect the varietals chosen and methods used at vineyards. In the next 30 years, high-value vineyards in California could shrink by 50% because of global warming, according to a Stanford University study released last week. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-adv-california-vineyards-20110706,0,7994468,print.story Cap-And-Trade System Set To Go. Expected to be passed into law after hearings. Quebec will be a pioneer in North America, along with British Columbia and California, when the province brings in its own cap-and trade system to limit greenhouse gas emissions next year, Quebec Environment Minister Pierre Arcand announced Wednesday. "The cap-and-trade system is recognized as one of the most effective and least expensive ways of reducing greenhouse gas emissions," Arcand said at a news conference in Montreal. Posted. http://www.montrealgazette.com/technology/trade+system/5062204/story.html Australia Halves Carbon Tax List To 500 Companies. Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced that Australia's proposed carbon tax would apply to half as many carbon gas polluters as promised. Gillard told Parliament on Thursday that 500 companies that are among Australia's worst carbon polluters would pay the tax starting July next year. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jul/06/australia-halves-carbon-tax-list-to-500/ Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced that Australia's proposed carbon tax would apply to half as many carbon gas polluters as promised. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jul/06/australia-halves-carbon-tax-list-to-500/ DIESEL EMISSIONS Last Chance For California Trailer Plan Extension. Tractor-trailer fleets using 53-ft. or longer trailers in California have just a few more weeks to take advantage of a phase-in period before they must comply with another state environmental law that will require adding fairings, skirts and low-roll-resistant tires to all trailers traveling in the state. Posted. http://www.printthis.clickability.com/pt/cpt?expire=&title=Last+chance+for+California+trailer+plan+extension&urlID=456164047&action=cpt&partnerID=97626&fb=Y&url=http%3A%2F%2Ffleetowner.com%2Fgreen%2Farchive%2Flast-chance-trailer-plan-extension-0707%2F FUELS U.S. Backs Project to Produce Fuel From Corn Waste. Washington — The Energy Department plans to provide a $105 million loan guarantee for the expansion of an ethanol factory in Emmetsburg, Iowa, that intends to make motor fuel from corncobs, leaves and husks. Experts say that the new factory, being built by POET, a major producer of ethanol derived from corn kernels, could be the first commercial-scale plant to make ethanol from a nonfood, or cellulosic, plant source. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/07/business/energy-environment/us-backs-plant-to-make-fuel-from-corn-waste.html?_r=1&scp=6&sq=fuels&st=cse GREEN ENERGY UN Reports Surging Investments In Renewable Energy. Global investments in renewable energy jumped 32 percent to $211 billion last year, boosted by wind farm development in China and rooftop solar panels in Europe, U.N. officials said Thursday. A report by the U.N. Environment Program shows that solar, wind, biomass and other forms of green energy are gaining momentum, despite the lack of progress in international climate talks aimed at slowing emissions of heat-trapping gases from fossil fuels. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/07/07/1765088/un-reports-surging-investments.html Calif. Utilities Start Moving Toward Feed-In. The biggest city-run utility in the country will start buying power from people who install solar panels. Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) yesterday said it plans to launch a feed-in tariff, or FIT, a market mechanism that usually pays a premium price for green energy. LADWP is the second utility in the state to begin a FIT, following a California law requiring all utilities to start such a program. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/07/07/4 MISCELLANEOUS Refinery Official Admits To Violation. A top official at a Lake Charles refinery where investigators found malfunctioning equipment that was supposed to monitor a potentially deadly pollutant has pleaded guilty to violating the federal Clean Air Act. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jul/06/refinery-official-admits-to-violation/ OPINIONS MILLOY: Last Chance For GOP To Stop EPA Train Wreck. First, Republicans must absorb to their core the notion that it is no longer 1970. In 2011 America, the air, water and the rest of the environment are clean and safe - largely thanks to our wealth, not the roguish EPA. Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jul/5/last-chance-for-gop-to-stop-epa-train-wreck/?page=2 Climate Change And Disaster In Montana. The flooding of the Yellowstone River and the oil spill in the riverbed are connected, and the burning of fossil fuels is the key. "We're a disaster area," Alexis Bonogofsky told me, "and it's going to take a long time to get over it." Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-klein-climate-oil-spill-20110707,0,7782586,print.story Auto Industry Must Meet Tougher Fuel Standards. Two years ago, automakers reluctantly agreed to tougher mileage standards as part of the federal government's rescue of General Motors and Chrysler. But with the industry no longer in need of a financial hand, it's slipped back into its foot-dragging habits. Automakers previously had agreed to increase fuel economy for domestic cars and light trucks to 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/07/07/1765006/auto-industry-must-meet-tougher.html OUR VIEW: Arvin's Air About To Get Better -- For Wrong Reason. Lewis Carroll might have had something to say about the likelihood that Arvin's dreadful air quality will soon be getting significantly better. "... If it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't," Tweedledee declares in "Through the Looking Glass." The worst air in America is expected to improve suddenly and dramatically not because there's less pollution in the …Posted. http://www.bakersfield.com/opinion/our_view/x481155516/Arvins-air-about-to-get-better-for-wrong-reason BLOGS Senators Push Deal To End Ethanol Subsidies This Month. A bipartisan trio of senators announced Thursday that they have reached an agreement on a way to end ethanol subsidies immediately. Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) told Senate leaders that their proposal would repeal the 45-cent ethanol blender credit at the end of July, saving $2 billion through the end of the year. It would also end a tariff of 54 cents a gallon on foreign ethanol this month.. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/2chambers/post/senators-push-deal-to-end-ethanol-subsidies-this-month/2011/07/07/gIQAd5i61H_blog.html EPA Will Approve, Not Reject, Area Pollution Plan. A Southern California plan to cut air pollution by particles smaller than the width of a human hair will be approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, not rejected, as the agency threatened last year. The EPA says that deficiencies in the state’s plan to reduce fine particles to 1997 levels by 2015 have been corrected. Posted. http://sciencedude.ocregister.com/2011/07/06/epa-will-approve-not-reject-area-pollution-plan/131475/ Electric Car Production Plans Below Sales Targets. If electric cars are to meet ambitious sales targets then there at least needs to be enough of them produced by major car manufacturers – however, a new analysis suggests they are falling well short of their goals. According to the newly updated Electric Vehicle Roadmap report from the International Energy Agency, announcements from major manufacturers in terms of production plans for electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles are well short of the sales targets set by countries. Posted. http://www.thegreencarwebsite.co.uk/blog/index.php/2011/07/07/electric-car-production-plans-below-sales-targets/ European Union Says CO2 Emissions Fell 3.7% In 2010. The fuel efficiency of vehicles sold in Europe in 2010 improved slightly versus those sold in 2009, according to provisional European Union data. The EU says that last year's numbers show that CO2 emissions from passenger vehicles fell by 3.7 percent, moving the average emissions down to 140 grams per kilometer. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/