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ARB Newsclips for July 30, 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 POLLUTION Carson poised to declare contamination 'emergency'. The Carson City Council is poised to vote Monday on declaring a "local emergency" as part of an effort to speed the cleanup of a residential neighborhood that sits atop an old oil tank farm. The resolution cites the presence of "explosive methane gas, carcinogenic benzene and other chemicals of concern" in the yards of the 285 homes in the Carousel tract, where investigators discovered benzene and methane gas in 2008. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-carson-contamination-emergency-20130729,0,4126522.story AQMD cites Santa Fe Springs treatment plant for foul odors. The South Coast Air Quality Management District issued a violation notice to a waste water treatment plant in Santa Fe Springs on Monday after receiving more than 100 foul odor complaints from residents and businesses. Air quality inspectors traced the problem to a waste water storage tank on the property of Ridgeline Energy Services USA, according to AQMD spokesman Sam Atwood. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-aqmd-santa-fe-springs-20130729,0,2931933.story http://www.sacbee.com/2013/07/29/5607016/southern-california-city-hit-with.html#storylink=cpy http://www.mercurynews.com/california/ci_23756838/southern-california-city-hit-putrid-stench http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/07/29/3413824/southern-california-city-hit-with.html http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jul/29/southern-california-city-hit-with-putrid-stench/ Unhealthy air advisory in Bay Area due to Oregon wildfires. Smoke from wildfires burning in Oregon drifted across the Bay Area on Monday, prompting air quality officials to issue a health advisory for the region. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District urged the public to limit their exposure to smoke by staying indoors if possible with windows and doors closed, and setting air conditioners and car vents to recirculate. Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_23756253/unhealthy-air-advisory-bay-area-due-oregon-wildfires?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com State groups worry over environmental law reform. A coalition of business, housing and local government leaders is warning California legislative leaders that a plan to rewrite the state's landmark environmental law could lead to more lawsuits and make it harder to approve responsible projects — the opposite of what lawmakers seeking the overhaul hope to achieve. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130729/A_NEWS/130729871&cid=sitesearch BY SUBSCRIPTION Indoor air pollution in the developing world: The silent killer. Sometimes clean air is a luxury. A recent study linked outdoor air pollution to 2.1 million deaths annually around the world. Now a new study finds that indoor pollution from unsafe household cookstoves may be even worse, killing as many as 4 million people every year. The toll is especially high in the developing world, where families are exposed on a daily basis to smoke, particulate matter…Posted. http://www.mnn.com/health/healthy-spaces/stories/indoor-air-pollution-in-the-developing-world-the-silent-killer Something in the air: how global warming is spreading toxic dust. When Rose Eitmiller found a new house on Sweet Pea Lane in Dewey-Humboldt, Ariz., population 3,613, she felt at home. She was still mourning the death of a daughter whom she always called "Sweetpea," and the place seemed right to her. But that move in 2004 only brought more heartache for Eitmiller. Four years later, U.S. EPA dug up her front lawn in a successful search for arsenic, and Dewey-Humboldt soon became a Superfund site. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059985250/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE Olympic-size 'North Pole Lake' once again turns to ice. Images of a scientific observation buoy floating in what appeared to be an Arctic lake near the North Pole lit up the online world in the past week, sparking questions about whether this was a sign of global warming. On Monday, the scientist who installed the buoy gave a succinct answer: No. Also, the buoy was never quite at the North Pole, oceanographer James Morison said in a telephone interview. Its most recent location is about 300 miles away. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/29/us-northpole-lake-idUSBRE96S16620130729 Mayor's climate panel pick questioned. Environmentalists are protesting one of Mayor Anthony Silva's proposed new appointees to a dormant city committee that is supposed to plan how Stockton grows for decades into the future. The City Council is scheduled to vote on the matter tonight. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130730/A_NEWS/307300318&cid=sitesearch BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Australia and California: The climate action conversation. Action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the US and China means that Australian climate change policy thinking is increasingly linked to the global scene. In North America, state-level action to implement emissions trading, reduce transport emissions and increase renewable energy has influenced national policy, and helps build momentum for global action. Posted. http://www.eco-business.com/events/australia-and-california-the-climate-action-conversation/ FUELS UPDATE 1-Cars and gasoline push Canada industrial prices higher. Canadian producer prices rose 0.3 percent in June from May, the first increase since February, thanks to higher prices for gasoline and motor vehicles, Statistics Canada said on Tuesday. Analysts surveyed by Reuters had expected the industrial product price index to remain flat in the month, as it was in May. The unexpected increase was due mostly to a 0.8 percent rise in motor vehicles and other transportation equipment as auto prices jumped 1 percent. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/30/canada-economy-prices-idUSL1N0G00ED20130730 Energy secretary: Obama committed to role for coal. President Barack Obama and the U.S. Department of Energy are committed to a role for coal in a national energy strategy, and they've backed it up with research spending, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Monday. In a visit to the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Morgantown — the only one of the federal government's 17 national labs dedicated to fossil fuels — Moniz said the administration has spent $6 billion on clean-coal technology with an emphasis on the capture, storage and reuse of carbon emissions. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Energy-secretary-Obama-committed-to-role-for-coal-4692786.php VEHICLES Lifecycle analysis of energy use and pollution from gasoline, CNG and electric vehicles in 6 southwestern states highlights variability of benefits. A report for policymakers issued by the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) has found that in Arizona, Colorado and Nevada, electric vehicles offer the cleanest ride, while in New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming that’s not necessarily the case. SWEEP promotes greater energy efficiency in a six-state region that includes Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2013/07/sweep-20130729.html GREEN ENERGY With EU sales likely capped, China solar firms will need new markets. A weekend deal between Beijing and Brussels to regulate trade in solar panels will limit Chinese firms' growth prospects in the European Union, the world's largest solar market, and force them to step up sales to 'emerging' markets at home and in the United States and Japan. News of a deal - which had threatened to boil over into a wider trade war covering wine and steel - helped push up shares in Shanghai-listed solar panel makers Hareon Solar…Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/29/eu-china-solar-markets-idUSL4N0FZ15V20130729 http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-29/china-eu-solar-panel-deal-seen-hurting-large-scale-projec.html U.K. Green Bank Invests in Wood-to-Power Through Foresight Fund. A fund backed by the U.K.’s Green Investment Bank channeled 20 million pounds ($30.6 million) into an energy project in Northern Ireland that will turn wood into electricity and heat. The money from the U.K. Waste Resources & Energy Fund, managed by Foresight Group LLP, will help finance an 81 million-pound facility in Lisahally that will produce enough electricity for more than 25,000 homes a year, the GIB said today in an e-mailed statement. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-30/u-k-green-bank-invests-in-wood-to-power-through-foresight-fund.html China’s Spending on Renewable Energy May Total 1.8 Trillion Yuan. China’s spending to develop renewable energy may total 1.8 trillion yuan ($294 billion) in the five years through 2015 as part of the nation’s efforts to counter climate change, according to a government official. China may invest another 2.3 trillion yuan in key energy-saving and emission-reducing projects, Xie Zhenhua, vice chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, said today at a conference in Beijing. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-30/china-s-spending-on-renewable-energy-may-total-1-8-trillion-yuan.html UCSD gets $7.2m for trimming energy waste. The University of California San Diego is being rewarded for wasting less energy, accepting $7.2 million in energy efficiency incentives funded by local utility customers. The incentives apply to 30 assorted projects at UC San Diego. Associated energy savings are the equivalent of taking 5,000 cars off the road and cutting power to 4,000 homes, said San Diego Gas & Electric, the utility that administers state efficiency incentives for San Diego and southern Orange counties. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jul/30/tp-ucsd-gets-72m-for-trimming-energy-waste/ MISCELLANEOUS EarthTalk: States create their own transportation plans. Dear EarthTalk: Three regions in California recently implemented transportation plans as part of a statewide strategy for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Can you explain? -- Bill Oakes, Reno, Nev. Americans are becoming increasingly concerned about global warming even as Washington politicians continue to debate whether or not to mandate emissions cutbacks. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/EarthTalk-States-create-their-own-transportation-4695220.php CEQA Overhaul Supporters Not Happy with Current Proposal. As negotiations over a potential overhaul of California’s landmark environmental law enter their final weeks, supporters of rewriting the California Environmental Quality Act say the current proposal falls short of reform. Democratic Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg has promised to find the right balance as he rewrites the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA. He wants the law to continue to protect the state’s environment, as supporters urge, but no longer be abused, as critics complain. Posted. http://www.capradio.org/articles/2013/07/29/ceqa-overhaul-supporters-not-happy-with-current-proposal/ OPINIONS Ethanol, Fuel Prices, Consumers and Regulatory Cost. Ethanol RINs don't raise the cost of gasoline but new EPA sulfur standards will. Regarding your editorial "The Ethanol Tax" (July 20): Renewable Identification Numbers aren't raising gas prices because RINs are free. RINs are the compliance mechanism oil companies use to demonstrate they have met their renewable fuel obligation. Refiners receive a free RIN for every gallon of ethanol purchased by a producer. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323829104578622674169974506.html The drying of the West. Dams and other engineering helped provide water throughout the arid region for decades. It's no longer enough. John Wesley Powell, whose legendary descent of the Colorado River in 1869 brought the one-armed explorer fame and celebrity, worried about America's westward migration. The defining characteristic of Western lands was their aridity, he wrote, and settlement of the West would have to respect the limits aridity imposed. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-debuys-colorado-river-20130730,0,1587847.story Hey corporations and your D.C. lackeys -- mitts off California. Oh, how they love that siren song of states’ rights -- until they don’t like hearing us singing it. In a disturbing story, my Washington colleague Evan Halper chronicles how some D.C. regulators and big corporations -- like the ones that pollute the air and the water in the name of unfettered capitalism, the ones that are cavalier about worker safety and animal welfare…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-corporations-dc-lackeys-mitts-off-california-20130729,0,3323058.story Smoking: The menthol debate misses the point. Nearly every attempt to regulate cigarettes is frustrated by the tenet that smoking is a choice adults should be granted. In 2009, a new law authorized the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to regulate cigarettes and reduce their terrible toll on the nation's health. Even though less than 20% of adult Americans smoke, it's still the No. 1 cause of preventable death. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-smoking-20130726,0,6367429.story Letter: No comparison in debate on climate. Malcolm J. Sherman's letter ("Models don't show climate emergency," July 16) argues: "The failure of climate models to predict the last 15 years supports those who have been saying we don't face a climate emergency." Sherman quotes German meteorologist Hans von Storch saying, "If things continue as they have been, in five years at the latest, we will need to acknowledge that something is fundamentally wrong with our climate models. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Letter-No-comparison-in-debate-on-climate-4692367.php Reform the ethanol mandate. The federal corn ethanol mandate is prima facie evidence that the law of unintended consequences is always in effect. Once heralded as a way to help farmers, reverse climate change and reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil, the mandate to blend up to 15 billion gallons of corn ethanol into gasoline every year has hurt more farmers than it has helped, increased greenhouse gas emissions and been rendered irrelevant by new fuel efficiency standards. Posted. http://www.politico.com/story/2013/07/reform-theethanol-mandate-94876.html#ixzz2aY0kO1E4 Congress should not oppose biofuels. They create jobs and help the environment. No fuel at scale today comes close to equaling ethanol’s ability to prevent American cars and trucks from spewing pollutants from their tailpipes. Unfortunately, one of the most important incentives for the growth of biofuels is now under attack by misguided lawmakers and Big Oil. If Americans are serious about curbing climate change, they need to use less gasoline and more clean-burning biofuels, such as ethanol. Posted. http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Opinion/2013/0730/Congress-should-not-oppose-biofuels.-They-create-jobs-and-help-the-environment Why methane hydrate could soon become more controversial than fracking. Natural gas buried in Arctic permafrost could be an economic boon — but it could also drastically accelerate climate change. Asia's seemingly unquenchable thirst for energy — lead by China's industrial expansion and Japan's quest to replace nuclear — has scientists constantly rooting around for new sources. Now, the region is zeroing in on methane hydrate, a crystalline form of natural gas buried in…Posted. http://news.yahoo.com/why-methane-hydrate-could-soon-become-more-controversial-124600611.html BLOGS Another View on Gas Drilling in the Context of Climate Change. I’ve received a “Your Dot” contribution on gas leaks and global warming from Louis A. Derry, an associate professor in the earth and atmospheric sciences department at Cornell University. It’s a critique of one element in “Gangplank to a Warm Future,” an Op-Ed article by Anthony R. Ingraffea, a professor of engineering at Cornell who is a prominent foe of expanded gas drilling using the bundle of methods commonly known as “fracking.” Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/29/another-view-on-fracking-in-the-context-of-climate-change/?_r=0 Ford Recalls 33,000 C-Max Cars. Ford said it would recall about 33,000 of its 2013 C-Max models after tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that the vehicles did not meet federal safety standards for head protection in a crash. The vehicles affected by the recall – hybrid and electric models – were built in Wayne, Mich., between Jan. 19, 2012, and June 26, 2013, and do not have the optional panoramic roof. Posted. http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/30/ford-recalls-33000-c-max-cars/ ChargePoint debuts multiple-port EV charging station. Electric-vehicle charging-station maker ChargePoint continues to edge its way closer to the gas-station model with its debut of the CT4000 model, which the company says can serve multiple vehicles working off of a single circuit. ChargePoint, formerly known as Coulomb Technologies, says its new product can supply electricity to more vehicles and is cheaper to install than previous units. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2013/07/29/chargepoint-debuts-multiple-port-ev-charging-station/#continued GM execs fired over fraudulent India emissions testing. General Motors hadn't had a recall in India since 1995. That changed when it was discovered that certain employees were playing tricks with local emissions testing in order to ensure passing grades for engines. Posted. http://www.autoblog.com/2013/07/29/gm-executives-fired-for-auto-emissions-cheating-in-india/ Our Shared Stake in Clean Air, Livable Climate. President Obama's plan to take action on climate change is a critical step in protecting communities and our health. It is also a moral obligation we have to our children and future generations. We commend his leadership in putting forth his climate plan and especially for directing his administration to control industrial carbon pollution from power plants. Reducing carbon pollution from its largest source is not only common sense…Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/trip-van-noppen/our-shared-stake-in-clean_b_3671373.html Could greenhouse gases turn Earth into Venus? How will the world end? A giant meteor? Zombie apocalypse? Death Star target practice!? One scientist thinks our planet’s death knell is going to be climate change, on an epic, terrifying scale … but, fortunately, not the kind we need to worry about. The “runaway greenhouse” — which is thought to have happened on Venus in the past — is basically a climate change worst-case scenario…Posted. http://grist.org/climate-energy/could-greenhouse-gases-turn-earth-into-venus/