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California Air Resources Board News Clips for July 8, 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 Calif. Groups Sue EPA Over Civil Rights Complaint. Kettleman City, Calif. (AP) --Two community groups in California say the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hasn't responded to a discrimination complaint filed more than a decade ago about how California's three toxic waste dumps are all near poor Latino communities. They've filed a federal lawsuit in Fresno that alleges the EPA has failed to address their complaints in a timely manner. The three toxic dumps are still operating. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/07/08/national/a000208D03.DTL&type=printable New EPA Rule Will Clean The Air For 240 Million Americans. Washington -- Pollution that blows hundreds of miles from coal-fired power plants into other states will be reduced under a final plan that the Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday. The rule, a revision of a Bush administration plan, will require pollution reductions in 27 states from Texas and Minnesota on the west to the East Coast. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/07/07/2456542/new-epa-rule-will-clean-the-air.html#storylink=misearch http://www.modbee.com/2011/07/07/1765836/new-epa-rule-will-clean-the-air.html State's Air Pollution Deadline Extended. The federal government has approved plans to curb one of the San Joaquin Valley's most dangerous forms of air pollution while also allowing a few more years to get the job done. The recently approved plans rely on new state rules to clean up trucks, buses and construction equipment. Those diesel-powered vehicles are a primary source of tiny pollution particles, which are responsible for thousands of premature deaths in the Valley and in Southern California. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110708/A_NEWS14/107080311&cid=sitesearch How Many Lives Did The EPA Just Save With Coal Pollution Regulation? The EPA's new rules regulate emissions from coal-fired power plants, limiting air pollution from coal plants in 27 Eastern states. According to the agency, this could result in 34,000 fewer premature deaths per year by 2014, plus preventing 15,000 heart attacks and 400,000 cases of asthma every year. (The above map shows how many early deaths could be prevented in each state.) Posted. http://www.grist.org/list/2011-07-08-how-many-lives-did-the-epa-just-save-with-coal-pollution-regulat CLIMATE CHANGE CARB Issues Draft Plan On Emission Cap-And-Trade System. San Francisco - The California Air Resources Board late Thursday released a draft proposal that provides details on how it will implement its cap-and-trade system to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. CARB Chairwoman Mary Nichols on June 28 said that while the agency expects the cap-and-trade system to be in place in January, compliance with the regime will be postponed to 2013. Posted. http://www.platts.com/RSSFeedDetailedNews/RSSFeed/ElectricPower/8099785 Cap-And-Trade Policies Losing Steam. Cap-and-trade policies were once heralded as the most cost-effective way to combat climate change, creating visions of a trillion-dollar global market that would clean up the air and spawn a revolution in new energy technologies. But the concept, originally created by Republican economists, appears to be dying by a thousand cuts. Politicians who once embraced the idea now see it as a third rail, while states and countries are either delaying or rejecting its implementation outright. Posted. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0711/58559.html DIESEL EMISSIONS Cummins Pays $500,000 in Penalties to California, EPA. The California Air Resources Board today announced that Cummins paid $500,000 for failing to properly retest its engines already in use. Cummins violations include: * Not testing at least four engines in selected engine families; * Completing tests after the deadline set in a 1998 settlement agreement for a previous air quality infraction; * Reporting test results more than 30 days after test completion; and, * Testing 10 vehicles at less than the maximum weight, as designated in the terms of a 1998 agreement. Posted. http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/news-detail.asp?news_id=74128&news_category_id=36 FUELS Ethanol Subsidies Besieged. Federal subsidies for corn ethanol have long been considered untouchable in Washington — not least because politicians want the votes of Iowans, who have traditionally held the first nominating caucuses in the contest for the presidency. Mark Marquis, the president of Marquis Energy, says the ethanol industry understands that times have changed. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/08/business/energy-environment/corn-ethanol-subsidies-may-be-in-jeopardy.html?scp=6&sq=fuels&st=cse VEHICLES Barbara Boxer, House Republicans Both Forgo Earmarks For California Transportation. Washington – California road and rail projects once found a secure home in huge transportation bills passed by Congress. Not any more. On Thursday, key House members rolled out a six-year, $230 billion transportation proposal that omits the kind of local project earmarks long championed by California lawmakers. No Sacramento light rail. No Fresno buses. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/07/08/v-print/3755274/barbara-boxer-house-republicans.html GREEN ENERGY Abu Dhabi Hosts Africa Meeting On Renewable Energy. Africa's growing economy and reliance on carbon-emitting energy from wood and charcoal could "exponentially" worsen global warming unless the continent steps up its investment in wind, solar and hydro power, the head of a new international energy agency said Friday. The key to ramping up renewable energy resources is to develop a regulatory framework to …Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/ML_AFRICA_RENEWABLE_ENERGY?SITE=OHCIN&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT AP Newsbreak: http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/07/08/2457198/abu-dhabi-hosts-africa-meeting.html#storylink=misearch http://www.modbee.com/2011/07/08/1766547/abu-dhabi-hosts-africa-meeting.html http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jul/08/abu-dhabi-hosts-africa-meeting-on-renewable/ OPINIONS Editorial: Will Obama Cave On Fuel Efficiency? For more than two years, President Barack Obama has talked tough about the need to bolster fuel economy standards to reduce pollution and dependence on foreign oil. Yet as Obama starts to mount a 2012 re-election campaign, there are disturbing signs he may cave on fuel economy standards to placate Detroit and improve his chances to win Michigan and other states in the general election. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/07/07/v-print/3484479/obama-fuel.html On Matters of Cleaning the Air, Consensus Is Key. It’s no secret I abhor air pollution. I loathe toxic air and with good reason. I can’t find one thing good about it. Clean air matters. No question, as no one in his or her right mind wants dirty air, but, in reality, what we in Fresno have been seeing over the past several days does not belie our eyes. As a matter of fact, the Air Quality Index for this region has either been in the unhealthful for sensitive groups or the unhealthful range—AQI of 100 and above. Posted. http://www.californiaprogressreport.com/site/node/9146 BLOGS Clean Air, Mortality and Cost: A Thought Exercise. Philip Angell, an old hand at the Environmental Protection Agency, gave me a bit of advice when I became an environmental reporter some years ago. The E.P.A., he said, is a public health agency. Think of it that way. The wisdom and the limitations of that advice became clearer over time. Like the Food and Drug Administration’s standards for new drugs or state mandates for childhood vaccinations, the agency’s air pollution rules are intended to save lives. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/07/clean-air-mortality-and-cost-a-thought-exercise/ Ethanol Industry Welcomes Compromise. Any other year, the ethanol industry would have declared a defeat, not a victory. As I mention in Friday’s Times, three senators — one an ethanol opponent and the other two supporters — came up with a grand compromise on Thursday that would end the $6 billion in annual tax credits that go to blenders of ethanol in gasoline and a tariff designed to keep Brazilian ethanol out of the United States. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/08/compromise-relieves-ethanol-industry/ Trash Trucks Fueled By 'Trash Gas': A Growing Trend. The company that operates the largest trucking fleet in the waste industry is fueling more and more trucks with so-called trash gas. On Tuesday, Houston-based Waste Management Inc. will add its 1,000th truck fueled with natural gas. Powered with captured and converted methane gas from the company's Altamont, Calif., landfill, the new truck will service Long Beach, picking up recyclables. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/07/waste-management-trash-trucks.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GreenspaceEnvironmentBlog+%28Greenspace%29 Two-Year Drop in California Carbon Emissions. If you're ready for some good news on the climate front: California's carbon emissions from power generation dropped in 2009 and 2010. That's according to a new analysis from Thomson Reuters' Point Carbon that looked at power generated here in California, as well as electricity imported from out of state. According to the report (available by subscription only), emissions were down 12% over the study period. Posted. http://blogs.kqed.org/climatewatch/2011/07/07/two-year-drop-in-california-carbon-emissions/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+kqed%2FClimateWatchBlog+%28KQED%27s+Climate+Watch+Blog%29 Two Plating Shops Hit With Fines. Two plating shops in California and Arizona are facing huge fines after local officials deemed they violated environmental laws and regulations in storing hazardous waste. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fined TMW Corporation – which operates Crown Chome Plating in Van Nuys, CA ‑ $100,000 for violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act during an inspection conducted by EPA in April 2009. Posted. http://www.pfonline.com/blog/post/two-plating-shops-hit-with-fines