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California Air Resources Board News Clips for September 1, 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 Apple blasted for alleged pollution by suppliers. Apple is defending itself against a fresh barrage of criticism from Chinese environmental activists over alleged pollution by the manufacturers who make its iconic iPhones, iPads and other products. In a report issued Wednesday, a group of nongovernmental organizations accused the technology giant of violating its own corporate responsibility standards by using suppliers it said its investigations found are violating the law and endangering public health by discharging heavy metals and other toxins. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_CHINA_APPLE_POLLUTION?SITE=AZTUS&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT AP Newsbreak: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/sep/1/apple-blasted-for-alleged-pollution-by-suppliers/ http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/apple-fends-off-criticism-over-alleged-pollution-by-suppliers-in-china/2011/09/01/gIQA8FQLtJ_story.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/08/31/2520106/apple-blasted-for-alleged-pollution.html#storylink=misearch http://www.modbee.com/2011/08/31/1839800/apple-blasted-for-alleged-pollution.html http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_18802155 http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_18802155 http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/sep/01/apple-blasted-for-alleged-pollution-by-suppliers/ http://www.nctimes.com/business/article_be110c36-ba7b-5967-b701-74563c2e1db8.html CA city, tribe, ecologists fight proposed quarry. Antique shops line the streets of Temecula, Calif.'s quaint downtown fashioned after the Old West, with tour vans waiting to whisk visitors to scenic vineyards outside the city and hot air balloons gliding above the greenery. It's a postcard image amid a series of desert towns in inland Southern California -- one that hundreds of residents, ecologists and members of an Indian tribe fear is threatened by a proposal to build a quarry on a mountain overlooking the city. Posted. http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9PF4OG00.htm http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-quarry-20110901,0,411413.story http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/09/01/state/n013827D02.DTL http://www.pe.com/localnews/stories/PE_News_Local_D_quarry01.11caff86b.html Calif. metal scrapper settles air pollution suit. A metal recycling company accused of releasing toxic substances into the air agreed Wednesday to pay nearly $3 million to settle a lawsuit, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. Deputy District Attorney Daniel Wright said SA Recycling LLC, an automotive and appliance shredding company, agreed to the settlement Wednesday and it was signed by Superior Court Judge Debre K. Weintraub. The civil lawsuit and settlement were filed last week. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/08/31/2519874/calif-metal-scrapper-settles-air.html#storylink=misearch http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_18798626 http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_18798626 http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/ci_18799989 Valley air sets cleanliness mark in August. For the first time on record, the San Joaquin Valley had no August violations of the one-hour federal ozone standard. Air officials said a new blitz of alerts about bad-air days might have been the difference, especially last week when pollution nearly eclipsed the federal standard. If the Valley continues to avoid the violations over the next three years, the federal government will revoke a $29 million penalty for ozone levied on the region. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/09/01/2520692/valley-air-sets-cleanliness-mark.html#storylink=misearch In Stockton, heat takes August off. For the first time in 20 years, Stockton made it through August without hitting 100 degrees. The relatively cool weather may help explain why the San Joaquin Valley, for the first time since record-keeping began in the 1980s, saw ozone pollution levels stay within a federal standard each day of the month. Last week, expecting ozone levels to rise, Valley air cops called their first-ever Air Alert. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110901/A_NEWS/109010311&cid=sitesearch CLIMATE CHANGE Few insurers planning for climate change – report. New York - Only one in eight insurers has a formal policy in place to manage climate risk, despite rising evidence that environmental changes are exacerbating insurers' disaster losses, according to a coalition of public interest groups. The coalition, Ceres, looked at 88 filings from six states by insurance companies, using a form developed by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Ceres said it was the first-ever effort to quantify how U.S. insurers manage climate risk in their day-to-day operations. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/01/insurance-environment-idUSN1E77T1B720110901 Cap, trade, emit, breathe. The Byron Sher Auditorium at the California Environmental Protection Agency headquarters transformed into a lively flurry of green last Wednesday morning. Dozens of activists and environmentalists, who arrived by bus from as far away as Los Angeles and the Bay Area, wore green shirts and held green signs that read “Cap-and-trade didn’t work in the EU.” Some even sported bandanas over their faces to symbolize the need for cleaner air. Posted. http://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/cap-trade-emit-brea/content?oid=3469233 Neb. governor urges Obama to deny pipeline permit. Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman urged President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday to deny a federal permit for a pipeline that would carry Canadian oil over an aquifer that supplies drinking and irrigation water to parts of several states. Heineman said he supports pipeline projects but opposes the proposed TransCanada Keystone XL route that would cross the vast Ogallala aquifer. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/aug/31/neb-governor-urges-obama-to-deny-pipeline-03/ http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/article_f298e2ef-046e-56f3-a15e-4f45802fba91.html The polarizing effect of cap-and trade. Last week a crowd of residents from Richmond, Huntington Beach, and Hunter’s Point, to name a few, gathered at the California State Capital in Sacramento to rally against the cap-and-trade proposal in the AB32 Scoping Plan. Their testimonies were heart breaking, telling stories of their children with asthma and other pollution-related health problems associated with living in close proximity to some of California’s largest refineries. There really isn’t an argument against access to clean air. Posted. http://sustainableindustries.com/articles/2011/09/polarizing-effect-cap-and-trade Calif. cap-and-trade proposal criticized as inadequate, harmful to industry. The California Air Resources Board said it must produce a final regulation on cap and trade for greenhouse gases by Oct. 28, but many stakeholders are objecting to the proposal as unfair, bad for jobs, and filled with mistaken assumptions, unworkable features and requirements that will be impossible to meet. Continuing the rulemaking process, CARB staff released formal 15-day changes on July 25 and 27 to an initial proposed regulation that the board released in December 2010. Posted. http://www.cospp.com/news/2011/09/1490602313/calif-cap-and-trade-proposal-criticized-as-inadequate-harmful-to-industry.html Canada: Quebec Publishes Draft Regulation On Cap-And-Trade System. In July 2010, the Western Climate Initiative (WCI), of which Quebec is a partner, published detailed operational rules for a cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas (GHG) allowances with a view to setting up a North American regional carbon market. According to these rules, as a first step, all partner states and provinces that will participate in the WCI North American regional carbon market must adopt regulations to implement a GHG cap-and-trade system in their respective jurisdictions. Posted. BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY. http://www.mondaq.com/canada/article.asp?articleid=143922&login=true&nogo=1 DIESEL EMISSIONS CARB fines motor carrier $59,050 over port emissions violations. The California Air Resources Board has fined an in-state motor carrier nearly $60,000 for dispatching trucks to the state’s ports that didn’t meet emissions requirements spelled out in CARB’s port truck regulation. CARB recently fined IVVE Transportation of Ontario, CA, for violating CARB’s Drayage Truck Regulation. From the fine, $44,287 will go to the California Air Pollution Control fund, which is used to support air quality research, and $14,762 will go to the Peralta Community College district to fund diesel education classes. Posted. http://www.landlinemag.com/todays_news/Daily/2011/Aug11/082911/083011-03.shtml GREEN ENERGY Seattle office building aims to set new 'green' standard. Workers are digging a hole on Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood for a new office building unlike any commercial structure the planet's ever seen before. You want green? There's never been anything greener. The Bullitt Center, which celebrated its official groundbreaking this week, has been designed to produce as much energy as it consumes. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/09/01/2520400/seattle-office-building-aims-to.html#storylink=misearch California Moves to Avoid Europe's Perils in Encouraging Green Power. The state has become one of few governments worldwide—and the first in the U.S.—to finalize a unique auction program to ramp-up renewables. Trying to avoid the potential perils of European-style feed-in tariffs, California regulators are moving forward with a new financing technique to stimulate immediate development of small-scale renewable energy projects. Posted. http://solveclimatenews.com/news/20110830/california-feed-in-tariff-auction-europe-spain-germany-solar-power ‘Solar home rule’ could power the D.C. economy. For many years the citizens of Washington, D.C., struggled for the basic right to elect their own leaders. In 2011, they should use their political home rule to maximize the economic benefits of local renewable energy with "electricity home rule." Currently, residents and businesses in D.C. spend over $1.5 billion dollars a year on electricity. Posted. http://www.grist.org/solar-power/2011-08-31-solar-home-rule-could-power-d.c.s-economy MISCELLANEOUS Bill requires Air Resources Board to have member with small-biz experience. The California Senate has passed a bill that ensures that at least one member of the California Air Resources Board has experience running a small business. The move was cheered Wednesday by The National Federation of Independent Business, which has urged Gov. Jerry Brown to sign the bill. Advocacy groups contend that CARB is one of the state’s most powerful agencies that can have very broad impact on small businesses. Posted. http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/news/2011/09/01/calif-air-resources-board-business.html?s=print Air Pollution Documentary Premiers in Santa Monica. The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) premiered “The Right To Breathe,” a documentary film about the hazards of air pollution in Los Angeles, at the Women in Green Forum at the Sheraton in Santa Monica Tuesday. “I think a lot of people forget how bad [the air pollution] is,” the film's director Alexandre Phillipe told The Lookout. Posted. http://www.surfsantamonica.com/ssm_site/the_lookout/news/News-2011/September-2011/09_01_2011_Air_Pollution_Documentary_Premiers_in_Santa_Monica.html OPINIONS LETTERS: The Californian, Sept. 1, 2011. There is not one square foot of concrete in North County that didn't get its source of sand and rock from a quarry of some kind. That is true worldwide. ... When will we learn that without the products, without developers (nasty word), we would be living in an uncivilized type of environment that our great-grandparents worked so hard to upgrade? ... Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/news/opinion/letters/article_3027c043-5feb-5d18-93c0-2f8d4c93219f.html BLOGS Sierra magazine ranks UC Irvine among top 10 green schools. An environmentally minded magazine has named UC Irvine as one of America's top 10 coolest schools for green initiatives. For a second year, Sierra magazine ranked UC Irvine No. 6, noting it as one of the most energy-efficient schools, the Daily Pilot reported. In its iSeptember/October issue, the magazine singled out the school's use of a co-generation facility to meet most of its heat and electricity needs. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/09/sierra-magazine-ranks-uc-irvine-among-top-10-green-schools.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GreenspaceEnvironmentBlog+%28Greenspace%29