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newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for May 8, 2013.

Posted: 08 May 2013 12:48:25
ARB Newsclips for May 8, 2013. 
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Governor Brown appoints John Gioia to California Air Resources
Board. Governor Jerry Brown appointed Contra Costa County
Supervisor John Gioia (Richmond, CA) to the California Air
Resources Board to fill the vacant seat representing the San
Francisco Bay Area. Gioia said he is “greatly honored by being
appointed to take on this new, important responsibility. I have
deep respect for Governor Brown’s history of innovative and bold
leadership on the environment, including on air quality issues.”

Rolling Hills Estates Councilwoman Judith Mitchell appointed to
state air board. Rolling Hills Estates City Councilwoman Judith
Mitchell has been appointed to the California Air Resources
Board, Gov. Jerry Brown's Office announced Tuesday. Mitchell, 71,
already serves on the board of the region's pollution-control
agency, the South Coast Air Quality Management District. She was
elected in 2010 as the representative for cities in the western
part of Los Angeles County, winning votes from 31 of 40 cities
that cast votes. Posted.


L.A. is a leader in greening of ports, Mayor Villaraigosa says.
The world looks to L.A. for ways to reduce pollution,
Villaraigosa says at a ports conference. He cites a modernization
of the Port of L.A. and the state's tough emissions law.
California ports are going green. In a speech at the 28th World
Ports Conference on Tuesday, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio
Villaraigosa said the city's port is at the forefront of pushing
for clean energy alternatives and reducing pollution. Posted.


States want to meet with EPA on existing power plant rules --
Calif. air chief. The chairwoman of the California Air Resources
Board said yesterday that air agency employees from a group of
like-minded states intend to meet this summer with U.S. EPA
personnel to explore ways to craft and implement greenhouse gas
rules for existing power plants. "We have to wait until EPA has
an administrator, and then try to formulate some common views
about how this 111(d) process might work, but we're not there
yet," said Mary Nichols, referring to the section of the Clean
Air Act that provides for performance standards for existing
sources. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/EEDaily/print/2013/05/08/4


Millions of Dollars Being Spent on Shore-Side Power. Cruise
operators, along with owners of cargo container, and reefer
vessels, will have to "plug in" half their fleet from 2014.
Attendees at the Port of Long Beach Shore Power Summit on Monday
have been told that millions of dollars are being spent on the
technology also known as cold ironing, in preparation for new
rules designed to cut at berth emissions. Posted.


As Price of Nuclear Energy Drops, a Wisconsin Plant Is Shut. The
Kewaunee nuclear power plant in Wisconsin shut down for the last
time on Tuesday, but it is preparing to break new ground for the
American nuclear industry. It may go to sleep, Snow White-style,
for 50 years, to be awakened when its radioactivity has subsided.
Or it may be dismantled in the next decade or so. In either case,
the responsibility and the expense, probably near $1 billion,
will be borne for the first time by a for-profit company, not a
regulated utility. Posted.

Wethersfield Seeks State Grant To Boost Natural Gas Fleet. The
town council voted unanimously this week to apply for almost
$20,000 in state grants to help purchase two new natural gas
vehicles. The application is the latest step in the town's effort
to convert its administrative vehicle fleet to natural gas,
Assistant Town Manager Rae Ann Palmer said. The switch will
reduce fuel costs and the town's emissions of greenhouse gases, a
major cause of global warming, Palmer said. Posted.

BLM postpones oil, gas lease auctions in Calif. Federal land
managers have postponed all oil and gas lease auctions in
California until October, citing budget problems and low staffing
as well as the toll of environmental litigation. The U.S. Bureau
of Land Management recently announced it would put off an auction
planned for later this month for leases to drill almost 1,300
acres of prime public lands near the Monterey Shale, home to one
of the largest deposits of shale oil in the nation. Posted.

US crude oil supplies rise by 200,000 barrels. The nation's crude
oil supplies increased last week, the government said Wednesday.
Crude supplies grew by 200,000 barrels, or 0.1 percent, to 395.5
million barrels, which is 4.2 percent above year-ago levels, the
Energy Department's Energy Information Administration said in its
weekly report. Analysts expected a rise of 1.9 million barrels
for the week ended May 3, according to Platts, the energy
information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos.

API asserts EPA gasoline rule will raise costs, CO2 emissions.
The oil and gas industry launched a new complaint yesterday
against U.S. EPA's proposed regulation to reduce the sulfur
content of gasoline fuel by two-thirds. In a letter sent to the
agency, the American Petroleum Institute (API) argued for greater
transparency regarding the controversial "Tier 3" rule.
"Respecting the statutory rulemaking process in this case is
particularly important because the proposal is hard to justify
and potentially very harmful," Patrick Kelly, API's senior
downstream policy adviser, said on a call with reporters. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2013/05/08/4 BY

REG Resurgence Thanks to LCFS. With Low Carbon Fuels Standard,
Biodiesel Begins to Pay in California. The Iowa-based Renewable
Energy Group is coming off of its best-ever quarter, with volumes
up 14% and net income better than tripled, and sees even better
times ahead as LCFS, California’s low carbon fuels standard,
takes full effect. “The low carbon fuel credits are starting to
provide meaningful value,” says Eric Bowen VP of corporate
business development and legal affairs. “We’re seeing volume as a
result,” he says. Posted.


$2.2M hydrogen-fueled zero-emissions bus rolls through Marin.
Marin residents now have the opportunity ride a $2.25 million,
environmentally-friendly bus around the county. The
zero-emissions bus, powered by hydrogen fuel cells, is rolling
through the county's streets and on Highway 101, part of a state
plan to cut the amount of diesel pollutants standard buses spew
into the air. The bus, paid for by federal, state, local and
private grants, is free of emissions aside from a little water
that trickles out of its tailpipe. Posted.


Zero-emission vehicle credits: An unfair subsidy for Tesla? To
combat air pollution, the California Air Resources Board (CARB)
requires all carmakers to sell a certain number of electric
vehicles in the state. Those that fail to reach the quota could
purchase zero-emissions-vehicle credits from other automakers in
an open market. One of the biggest beneficiaries is the Palo
Alto-based high-end electric carmaker Tesla, which could pocket
as much as $35,000 for each credit sold. Posted.

Who's the greenest of them all? Eureka ranks high in nationwide
list of eco-friendly car buyers. When it comes to being green --
at least on the car shopping front -- Eureka ranks high on the
list. Statistics recently released by Cars.com, a vehicle
comparison site, ranked Eureka at No. 5 on a list of U.S. metro
areas where eco-friendly car shoppers were most likely to live.
According to Cars.com's Executive Editor Joe Wiesenfelder, ranks
were determined by the percentage of visitors who searched for
hybrids, electric cars and other green vehicles from a specific
location. Posted.


World Cup Energy Demand Favoring Gas Over Wind in Brazil. Brazil,
the second-biggest producer of hydroelectricity, is seeking to
increase the use of fossil fuels after the worst drought in 50
years depleted reservoirs, underscoring a limit to renewable
energy. The country’s energy ministry revised rules for power
auctions last week in an effort to accelerate development of
natural gas and coal-fired thermal power plants. Posted.

Sebastopol council votes to require solar power on new homes,
buildings. Sebastopol burnished its liberal credentials Tuesday
by becoming the second city in California to require solar power
systems on new homes and commercial buildings.
"We were going to be number one," Mayor Michael Kyes said prior
to the City Council's unanimous vote. "Now we're number two.
Lancaster, a high-desert city in northeast Los Angeles County,
was the first to make solar power mandatory on new housing


Brown seeks to rewrite toxins law. He says 'unscrupulous lawyers'
are misusing the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act,
or Proposition 65, by seeking monetary gain from lawsuits. An
overhaul may prove difficult. Responding to complaints from
businesses, Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing an overhaul of
California's 26-year-old landmark clean water and anti-toxins law
that he said is being misused by "unscrupulous lawyers" filing
lawsuits. Posted.


Napa County receives tire enforcement grant. Napa County was
awarded a $75,000 state grant to prevent illegal dumping, storage
and transportation of waste tires. The Department of Resources
Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) awarded a total of $7 million
in waste tire enforcement grants to cities and counties with 50
or more businesses that produce or handle waste tires, such as
tire dealers, auto dismantlers, waste tire haulers, and storage
facilities. Posted.

AQMD offers Lawn Mower Exchange Program to support good air
quality. Southern California residents can now register to get up
to 75 percent in savings with the South Coast AQMD's popular Lawn
Mower Exchange Program. Now in its 11th year, the program does
good for the wallet and air quality by allowing residents to
trade an old, highly polluting gas-powered lawn mower for a high
performance, environmentally friendly cordless electric model.
This year's program offers 4,000 mowers available for trade-in.

TEMECULA: Winners of ‘Think Green’ contest announced. 3 students
in the Temecula Valley Unified district received cash prizes for
energy conservation ideas. American Residential Services, a
heating and air conditioning company serving the Inland Empire,
in partnership with the Temecula Valley Foundation for Excellence
in Education, has chosen the student winners from its “Think
Green” energy conservation campaign. Posted.


The cleaner state. Federal regulators could learn much from
California’s low-carbon fuel programme. Last week, researchers at
the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), released their
latest analysis of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard. The
2009 regulation requires oil companies and refineries to reduce
the carbon intensity of transportation fuels — how much carbon
dioxide they emit per unit of energy — by 10% by 2020. For 2013,
this translates to a reduction of 1%, and the UC Davis
researchers found that companies racked up enough gains last year
to meet half of their obligations for the current year. Posted.


Jerry Brown calls climate change reason for budget restraint.
Gov. Jerry Brown, who is preparing to submit a revised budget
proposal for the coming fiscal year this month, has found a new
argument for financial restraint: Climate change. At a news
conference today to kick off Wildfire Awareness Week, the
Democratic governor said he will "do everything I can to deal
with forest fires," but he said the bigger problem is how people
adapt to climate change. Posted.

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