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California Air Resources Board Newsclips for December 22, 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 Air district asks public not to burn wood on Thursday and Friday. A Spare the Air alert hasn't yet been called, but Bay Area residents are still being asked to forgo burning wood in their fireplaces or stoves Thursday and Friday. With one of the driest Decembers on record, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District is strongly discouraging burning to help preserve air quality. Wood smoke is the largest source of wintertime air pollution in the Bay Area, according to the district. And the dry weather is trapping wood smoke pollution over most of Northern and Central California and Reno, Nevada, according to the air district. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_19596225 http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_19596225?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_19596225?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com Wood Burning Ban In Effect. Ban Could Affect Holiday Weekend. Sacramento, Calif. - Air quality in the San Joaquin Valley this week could affect a holiday tradition of lighting fireplaces. The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District declared Wednesday and Thursday a “no burn” day. If air quality does not improve, the wood burning ban could be in effect once again Saturday or Sunday -- Christmas Day. District officials typically make the determination on a daily basis. Posted. http://www.kcra.com/news/30053484/detail.html Clearing the Smokescreen: Toxic Air Pollution Standards. Confusion is a popular tool in Washington. The opposition campaign to the Environmental Protection Agency's new health standards for toxic air pollution from coal-fired power plants is a clear example. Lately, there seems to be a new claim every day about why some polluters can't or won't install modern pollution controls on their smokestacks. Far too often, what's missing from the discussion is the real and significant consequence of their resistance -- …Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/charles-dean-connor/toxic-air-pollution-standards_b_1163815.html EPA unveils 'historic' air pollution rules. Can power industry cope? The EPA says its new rules to drastically reduce toxic air pollution will improve national health at a minimal cost. But the power industry says the rules could hurt the economy. Environmentalists and health advocates received an early Christmas present Wednesday when the US Environmental Protection Agency announced new federal clean-air regulations that promise to vastly reduce emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants from the nation's power plants. Posted. http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2011/1221/EPA-unveils-historic-air-pollution-rules.-Can-power-industry-cope CLIMATE CHANGE Climate choice. Sacramento talks a good game on climate plan, but will it follow through? The city’s Climate Action Plan certainly has the potential to do good. The ambitious looking proposal—expected to be adopted by the Sacramento City Council next month—could cut Sacramento’s greenhouse-gas emissions by 15 percent by the end of this decade, with much deeper reductions in carbon pollution thereafter. Posted. http://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/climate-choice/content?oid=4657844 DIESEL EMISSIONS Clean air deadline for state’s trucks and buses approaches. Owners of heavier diesel trucks and buses are being reminded by the California Air Resources Board that new emission-reducing regulations go into effect Jan. 1, 2012 and many businesses may need to report compliance on-line. The regulation, adopted in 2008 and later amended in 2010, applies to all privately owned and federal government diesel trucks and buses that transport in California. Posted. http://www.centralvalleybusinesstimes.com/stories/001/?ID=20043 FUELS As shale fracking booms, environmental protection lags. America's race for cheap natural gas and energy independence has been outpacing the flow of state rules aimed at assuring people that gas production won't harm their health. Today 24 states have wells that use hydraulic fracturing: pumping water, sand and chemicals into deep layers of rock at high pressure to release oil and gas. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/12/22/2657923/as-shale-fracking-booms-environmental.html#storylink=misearch http://www.modbee.com/2011/12/22/1997275/as-shale-fracking-booms-environmental.html Congress to CARB: Try answering mpg questions again. Citing “inconsistencies,” a “lack of candor” and a decision to not fully cooperate with Congress’ top investigative committee, a powerful congressman is demanding answers from the California Air Resources Board regarding recent fuel mileage standards for cars and heavy trucks. In a letter dated Dec. 19, U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-CA, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, fired the latest shot in a back and forth between Issa and CARB Chairman Mary Nichols. Posted. http://www.landlinemag.com/Special_Reports/2011/Dec/122011.shtml California air board adopts changes to low carbon fuel standard. While some supporters of the biofuels industry have criticized California’s low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) in the past for failing to account for the increased carbon value associated with the extraction of some crude oils used to produce petroleum-based transportation fuels when the carbon value of biofuels are considered on a full life-cycle basis, a recent move by the state’s Air Resources Board (CARB) seems to take steps towards rectifying that inequality. Posted. http://www.biodieselmagazine.com/articles/8243/california-air-board-adopts-changes-to-low-carbon-fuel-standard VEHICLES California Calls for 1.4 Million Electric Vehicles by 2025. Earlier this month, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) proposed a new package of tough clean vehicle standards, which the agency calls the Advanced Clean Cars program. The program, aimed at vehicles manufactured from 2015 to 2025, is a mash-up of existing standards that currently are separately tracked. The target to keep your eye on is CARB’s goal for electric vehicles. Posted. http://www.plugincars.com/carb-calls-annual-sales-14-million-electric-vehicles-california-2018-111010.html GREEN ENERGY Administration boosts drive for green energy. The Obama administration is boosting its drive to support renewable energy projects on both coasts, officials said Tuesday, including projects on public lands in the West and pushing for offshore wind energy sites in the Atlantic Ocean. Interior Secretary Kenneth L. Salazar said his department has approved a 300-megawatt solar farm in Arizona and a 200-megawatt wind farm in Southern California. The wind farm includes 186 megawatts that would be produced on federal lands. Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/dec/20/administration-boosts-drive-for-green-energy/ Solar licensing dispute emerges in California. In the final hours of this year’s legislative session, lawmakers approved a move to help several solar projects bypass local elected officials and get licensed instead by the state. It was exactly the kind of high-stakes deal that comes together frequently in the hubbub of the Capitol, where negotiations that have moved along for months reach a crescendo just hours before lawmakers adjourn. Posted. http://capitolweekly.net/article.php?_c=1088c6mwzdbx85g&1=1&xid=108666dy8g2lcg2&done=.1086tw2agpa64ej&_credir=1324577071&_c=1088c6mwzdbx85g OPINIONS ERIC MOORE: Enforcement of the air quality rules at Oceano Dunes based on sound science. Lois Henry's Dec. 18 column, "A test of science in a dune playground," is chock-full of faulty logic and misinformation, which results in several erroneous conclusions. Henry asserts that a government agency is now attempting to regulate the wind when, in fact, it is only attempting to regulate a stationary source of air pollution. There is no new regulation here, only the Federal Clean Air Act and the California Clean Air Act, both of which have existed for decades. Posted. http://www.bakersfield.com/opinion/forum/x4969186/Enforcement-of-the-air-quality-rules-at-Oceano-Dunes-based-on-sound-science Some dam food for thought. Etna, Calif. — Aren’t we lucky to be in this great state of California? “Uuuh ... maybe not!” you say! There are some confusing things going on that are truly baffling. First is the state’s Global Warming Solutions Act, also known as AB 32. The thrust of this act is to roll greenhouse gas emissions back to 1990 levels by the end of this decade. Along with stricter tailpipe emissions standards, is the ambitious goal of obtaining a third of the state’s electric supply by renewable sources by 2020. Posted. http://www.siskiyoudaily.com/opinions/letters_to_the_editor/x1569717715/Some-dam-food-for-thought Issa Challenges Legality of California Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards. I keep coming back to this topic because fuel economy zealots are trashing our constitutional system of separated powers and democratic accountability. Only Congress can make them stop. Leading the counter-offensive is House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who has been watch-dogging the Obama administration’s fuel economy agenda since 2009. Posted. http://www.globalwarming.org/2011/12/21/issa-challenges-legality-of-california-greenhouse-gas-emission-standards/ BLOGS New Air Traffic Control System to Cut Millions of Tons of CO2. A few weeks back we ran a piece about how UPS was using advanced logistics to reduce energy consumption and emissions while cutting costs at the same time. This is done by calculating optimum routes and traveling the minimum distances. If this works well with 10-ton delivery trucks that are rolling around on wheels, imagine how much better it can work with 50-ton jet aircraft that are being lifted miles into the air. It is just common sense. Posted. http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/12/new-air-traffic-control-system-cut-millions-tons-co2/ New Kia Ray is Korea's first production EV. Kia has unveiled the automaker's very first production electric vehicle. The Kia Ray EV will offer buyers a range of around 86 miles depending on driving conditions and will include a fast-charge option that should top off the cells in around 25 minutes. Otherwise, expect the 16.4-kWh lithium-ion battery pack to take around six hours to charge on a 220-volt circuit. A 50-kW electric motor provides power to the front wheels, which is good enough to get the EV to 62 miles per hour in 15.9 seconds. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2011/12/22/new-kia-ray-is-koreas-first-production-ev/