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ARB Newsclips for May 8, 2013. 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 RESOURCES BOARD 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.” Posted. http://www.halfwaytoconcord.com/governor-brown-appoints-john-gioia-to-california-air-resources-board/ 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. http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/ci_23193560/rolling-hills-estates-councilwoman-judith-mitchell-appointed-state AIR POLLUTION 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. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-port-convention-20130508,0,81700.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedly CLIMATE CHANGE 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 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DIESEL EMISSIONS 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. http://shipandbunker.com/news/am/250028-millions-of-dollars-being-spent-on-shore-side-power FUELS 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. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/08/business/energy-environment/kewaunee-nuclear-power-plant-shuts-down.html?ref=earth&_r=0 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. http://www.latimes.com/topic/hc-wethersfield-natural-gas-cars-20130507,0,781908.story 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. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/may/07/blm-postpones-oil-gas-lease-auctions-in-calif/ http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/05/08/feds-delay-all-drilling-and-oil-auctions-in-calif-cite-toll-environmental/#ixzz2Sj8P3JMY 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. http://www.modbee.com/2013/05/08/2706039/us-crude-oil-supplies-rise-by.html#storylink=cpy BY SUBSCRIPTION 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 SUBSCRIPTION ONLY 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. http://www.fleetsandfuels.com/fuels/biodiesel/2013/05/reg-resurgence-thanks-to-lcfs/?utm_source=Fleets-Fuels8May2013&utm_campaign=May+8%2C+2013&utm_medium=email VEHICLES $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. http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_23198063/2-2m-hydrogen-fueled-zero-emissions-bus-rolls http://www.marinij.com/sanrafael/ci_23193438/2-2m-hydrogen-fueled-zero-emissions-bus-rolls 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. http://www.scpr.org/programs/airtalk/2013/05/07/31679/zero-emission-vehicle-credits-an-unfair-subsidy-fo/ 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. http://www.times-standard.com/news/ci_23180005/whos-greenest-them-all-eureka-ranks-high-nationwide GREEN ENERGY 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. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-08/world-cup-energy-demand-favoring-gas-over-wind-in-brazil.html 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 developments…Posted. http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20130507/ARTICLES/130509624/1350?Title=Sebastopol-council-votes-to-require-solar-power-on-new-homes-buildings MISCELLANEOUS 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. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-prop65-overhaul-20130508,0,6718000.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedly http://www.capradio.org/187567?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CapitalPublicRadioLatestNewsRSS+%28Capital+Public+Radio%3A+Latest+News+RSS%29 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. http://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/napa-county-receives-tire-enforcement-grant/article_f17edb3a-b738-11e2-a663-001a4bcf887a.html?print=true&cid=print 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. Posted. http://www.fontanaheraldnews.com/articles/2013/05/08/news/doc5183ece939cec536483939.txt 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. http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/temecula/temecula-headlines-index/20130508-temecula-winners-of-think-green-contest-announced.ece OPINIONS 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. http://www.nature.com/news/the-cleaner-state-1.12944 BLOGS 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. http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2013/05/jerry-brown-calls-climate-change-reason-for-budget-restraint.html#storylink=cpy