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California Air Resources Board News Clips for December 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 Fracturing-Pollution Rule to Burden U.S. Gas Producers, API Says. Air-pollution limits proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency for U.S. oil and gas production, including hydraulic fracturing, will be costly and waste time, the American Petroleum Institute said. The EPA’s plan to cut emissions of smog-forming volatile organic compounds by about a quarter, with an almost 95 percent reduction from new and updated gas wells using fracturing, or fracking, will require too many tests and reports, said Howard Feldman, API director of regulatory and scientific affairs. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-12-01/fracturing-pollution-rule-to-burden-u-s-gas-producers-api-says.html http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-12-01/fracturing-pollution-rule-to-burden-u-s-gas-producers-api-says.html Your Town: Air district allows burning. Monterey Bay - Backyard burning allowed. Backyard burning season opens today and continues through April 30 in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties, according to the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District. Fires to dispose of dry vegetation cleared before a construction project are also permitted, but burning garbage or treated wood is prohibited at all times. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/california/ci_19446762 FUELS Pacific Ethanol purchases additional interest in production plant. Sacramento ethanol maker/marketer Pacific Ethanol Inc. has purchased an additional 7 percent ownership interest in New PE Holdco LLC, the owner of PEI's four production facilities with a combined annual capacity of 200 million gallons. PEI said it paid $4.5 million in cash for the additional interest, bringing its total ownership to 27 percent. "Ethanol continues to grow as a cost effective and low-carbon component of transportation fuel, and we intend to seek additional ownership opportunities…Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/12/01/4093248/pacific-ethanol-purchases-additional.html VEHICLES BMW to Supply Diesel Engines to Toyota in Europe. Tokyo—Toyota Motor Corp. and BMW AG said Thursday they have forged a partnership in which the two will conduct joint battery research for next-generation green cars and BMW will supply diesel engines to Toyota. "We think that this collaboration will allow for development of next-generation batteries to be done faster and to a higher level," Takeshi Uchiyamada said at a press conference in Tokyo. In addition to the research on lithium-ion batteries, the two car makers will discuss other possible environmental-technology projects. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203833104577071554239661524.html?_nocache=1322766527126&user=welcome BY SUBSCRIPTION http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-12-01/bmw-to-supply-toyota-with-diesel-engines-in-partnership-deal.html State analyst slams high-speed rail plans. The High-Speed Rail Authority's recently revised plans still fall short, according to a new report from the state's independent legislative analyst, and could leave the state with nothing more than a useless 130-mile stretch of tracks in the Central Valley. The report, released to the Assembly Transportation Committee Tuesday, says the overhauled draft business plan, and a financial plan to start construction late next year, fail to satisfy the requirements of Proposition 1A, …Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/12/01/BAKN1M69CU.DTL&type=printable BLOGS Congressman Presses California on Fuel-Economy Standards. Suspecting that California regulators may be exerting unlawful influence over the agencies that determine federal fuel-economy standards, Representative Darrell Issa has begun an inquiry into the practices of the California Air Resources Board, or CARB, the agency charged with setting pollution standards for the state. Posted. http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/30/congressman-presses-california-on-fuel-economy-standards/ Inquiry into California's Role in CAFE Standards Launched. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has launched an inquiry to determine if the California Air Resources Board (CARB) exerted influence "outside the scope of law" over the setting of the next round of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. The state board is tasked with regulating greenhouse-gas emissions, while the authority to set national CAFE standards is delegated by Congress exclusively to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Posted. http://editorial.autos.msn.com/blogs/autosblogpost.aspx?post=486e54b3-3ed6-42f4-aebb-f370f5b3e198 How local weather influences our climate beliefs. Weather isn’t the same thing as climate. Just because it’s sunny or chilly on a given day doesn’t tell us all that much about long-term temperature trends. Even so, plenty of research suggests that local weather does heavily influence how people think about climate change. Back in 2009, survey data from Patrick Egan and Megan Mullin found that Americans were more likely to agree that there was “solid evidence” of climate change on hotter-than-average days. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/how-local-weather-influences-our-climate-beliefs/2011/12/01/gIQAY6C3GO_blog.html Four city members appointed to Valley air board. Four new members have been appointed this week to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District's governing board. All represent cities in the Valley. They include: Councilmember Oliver L. Baines III of Fresno, Vice Mayor Melvin "Skip" Barwick of Tulare, Councilmember Sally J. Bomprezzi of Madera and Councilmember Harold Hanson of Bakersfield. Posted. http://fresnobeehive.com/news/2011/11/four_new_members_have_been.html#storylink=misearch California shows its oddity over low sulfur regulations. There never has been a public agency that made a regulation that makes complete sense. From December 1 the California air Resources Board is enforcing low sulfur fuel requirements, the most important of which come into effect on June 1, 2012. What does come into effect immediately is the 24-nm mile zone in which the low sulfur rules apply. And here is the big change. Posted. http://www.maritimeprofessional.com/Blogs/Martin-Rushmere/November-2011/California-shows-its-oddity-over-low-sulfur-regula.aspx Growth isn't so green at the Port of Long Beach's Pier S project. The Port of Long Beach is still the cause of frightening levels of toxic air pollution in harbor area neighborhoods, despite the progress the port has made in reducing its air pollution levels. They are now proposing to build a new cargo terminal at the port, on a piece of land called “Pier S.” While they are proposing to include a host of technologies to reduce the air pollution from this project, the reality is that we just do not yet have enough technology to reduce the air pollution down to safe levels. Posted. http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/mwyenn/growth_isnt_so_green_at_the_po.html