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ARB Newsclips for December 19, 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. CAP AND TRADE Chinese Carbon Market Opens to a Busy First Day. The first day of trading in what will be by far the largest carbon market in China started briskly on Thursday with pricing in line with expectations, as Beijing continued its drive to slow its rapid growth of heat-trapping emissions. The first trade on the China Emissions Exchange in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, was priced at 61 renminbi, or about $10, with the cement firm Hailuo buying 20,000 carbon permits…Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/20/business/energy-environment/chinese-carbon-market-opens-to-a-busy-first-day.html?_r=0 Palmdale power plant gets major board approval. Despite bitter opposition, a proposed natural-gas power plant in Palmdale is one step closer to construction after a local air quality board signed off on the purchase of critical pollution offset credits Tuesday. The plant, initially envisioned as a hybrid project with a solar component, has been hotly contested and its approvals process marred by accusations of political manipulations. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_24746807/palmdale-power-plant-gets-major-board-approval?source=most_emailed AIR POLLUTION Arsenic levels at second battery recycler draw concerns. Quemetco, based in the City of Industry, has been ordered to perform a health risk study after tests showed elevated arsenic emissions. Amid an outcry over arsenic emissions from a Vernon battery recycler, the South Coast Air Quality Management District is now raising concerns about emissions from the other battery recycler in Southern California. Officials with the air district earlier this month ordered City of Industry-based…Posted http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-arsenic-20131219,0,214714.story#ixzz2nwbvQyqw http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-exide-20131219,0,7030357.story#axzz2nrIwXZoH http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/12/19/3675218/battery-recycler-ordered-to-clean.html http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_24756718/battery-recycler-ordered-clean-up-at-plant?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com Poor air quality lingers in San Joaquin Valley basin. Poor air quality Valleywide continues as the air basin lingers under a high-pressure system that has kept emissions from escaping, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District said in a news release Wednesday. The eight counties of the air basin have been under wood-burning prohibitions for several days and local air officials discourage residents from using wood-burning devices unless they are exempt from curtailments. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2013/12/19/3096426/poor-air-quality-lingers-in-san.html#storylink=cpy Redwood City working with metal recycling company to prevent more polluting fires. City officials met today with Sims Metal Management after a second fire in two months broke out at the recycling plant in Redwood City Tuesday morning. The two-alarm fire at Sims Metal Management, located at 699 Seaport Blvd., started after a small explosion was reported around 12:50 a.m., Redwood City fire officials said. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/health/ci_24757385/redwood-city-working-metal-recycling-company-prevent-more NC plant to spend $50 million to meet regulations. A western North Carolina paper mill wants nearly $15 million in help from the state to meet federal clean-air regulations that will force it to replace two coal-fired boilers. State lawmakers would have to approve allocating most of the money. The General Assembly doesn't start it's 2014 session until May and that could be cutting it close for Evergreen Packaging in Canton to meet a 2016 deadline from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency…Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/NC-plant-to-spend-50-million-to-meet-regulations-5077696.php Congressman calls for SMO air pollution investigation. Congressman Henry Waxman, D-Santa Monica, is calling on air quality officials to investigate a claims by scientists that there are high levels of ultrafine particle pollution around Santa Monica Airport. A study released last week by scientists from UCLA and the California Air Resources Board suggested that ultrafine particle levels were between four and 37 times higher in the area downwind of SMO than in neighboring areas. Posted. http://smdp.com/congressman-calls-for-smo-air-pollution-investigation/130523 CLIMATE CHANGE CA’s Climate Change Trilogy: Research, Reduce & Adapt. With last week’s release of a major climate adaptation plan draft from California’s Natural Resources Agency, the state continues to take bold steps to address climate change and cut pollution using a “research, reduce and adapt” approach.The winning trilogy: Conduct Thorough Research. As EDF knows, good policy is grounded in science. National and international reports warn us of the dire consequences of climate change…Posted. http://www.environmentalleader.com/2013/12/18/cas-climate-change-trilogy-research-reduce-adapt/ Furman says EPA carbon rules won't hurt the economy. The president's top economic adviser said yesterday that limiting carbon emissions at power plants won't dampen the nation's financial recovery, noting that it's "very easy" to create economic benefits in the future landmark regulations. The assertion by Jason Furman, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, foreshadows one of the thorniest challenges in crafting U.S. EPA's standards to address rising temperatures: public concern about electricity prices and jobs. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059992104/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Carbon budget attracts controversy as models try to map energy's future. The value of energy companies, embodied by the size of their reserves, could pop like a bubble. That was the conclusion widely drawn from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's fifth assessment report, released in October, which found the world can emit no more than 469 gigatons of carbon to avoid the worst effects of climate change. Energy companies have much more than this amount of carbon trapped in their coal, gas and oil reserves. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1059992080/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DIESEL EMISSIONS 2010 engine tech has nearly eliminated NOx, particulate matter and other emissions, study says. A study touted this month by the Diesel Technology Forum shows that emissions by trucks of particulate matter, nitrous dioxide, nitrous oxide, carbon monoxide and non-methane hydrocarbons have all been reduced by 97 percent or more by 2010 engine technology. The study was conducted by the Coordinating Research Council and the Health Effects Institute, and the Diesel Technology Forum says “clean diesel technology” like exhaust aftertreatment…Posted. http://www.ccjdigital.com/2010-engine-tech-has-nearly-eliminated-nox-particulate-matter-and-other-emissions-study-says/#sthash.vyPcLFMt.dpuf VEHICLES Tesla gets state tax break. A state panel has granted a $34.7-million tax break to Tesla Motors Inc., which makes high-tech electric vehicles at facilities in Fremont and Palo Alto. The California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority this week approved the credit on sales and use taxes that Tesla would have paid for equipment to expand its production of electric cars and power trains. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-tesla-gets-state-tax-break-20131218,0,6973220.story#ixzz2nwgdFX84 http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2013/12/18/tesla-lands-tax-incentives-from-state.html?ana=RSS&s=article_search MISCELLANEOUS Grover Beach mayor no longer represents city on air board. About five months after she authored a petition not authorized by the Grover Beach City Council, Mayor Debbie Peterson has been removed as the city’s representative on the county’s Air Pollution Control District board. The petition urged repeal of a controversial dust-control rule affecting the Oceano Dunes off-highway vehicle park. Posted. http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2013/12/18/2841366/grover-beach-apcd-debbie-peterson.html OPINIONS Why are the Big Three resisting new mileage and emissions standards? It is clear the new standards for mileage and emissions are working, and more can easily be done. One year after automakers began building cars to meet tough new mileage and emissions requirements, it is clear the new standards are working. An in-depth assessment by the Environmental Protection Agency found that manufacturers are on track to deliver a fleet by 2025…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/commentary/la-oe-becker-auto-emissions-20131219,0,541688.story#ixzz2nwfd3qRy Editorial: Plow under the ethanol mandate. The nation needs a more sensible approach to energy and environmental issues than a heavy reliance on corn-based ethanol. Congress should end the mandate to mix corn ethanol into the nation’s fuel. A handout to the agriculture industry is not an acceptable substitute for thoughtful federal policies. Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., last week introduced a bill to eliminate the corn ethanol mandate. Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/ethanol-594005-corn-mandate.html BLOGS Know What's Cool in L.A.? Roofs. A new amendment to Los Angeles' building codes now requires all new residential roofs to reflect more sunlight, a move that should help the city reduce the effects of global warming. The amendment to the city's Municipal Building Code passed unanimously Wednesday by the Los Angeles City Council and will require all new or rebuilt roofs to use so-called "cool roof" material, which reduces the amount of solar energy the roof absorbs -- helping reduce both heat inside the home and the so called "urban heat island" effect. Posted. http://www.kcet.org/news/rewire/conservation/know-whats-cool-in-la-roofs.html Cadillac starts shipping 2014 ELR plug-in hybrid to dealers. Cadillac dealers will soon receive deliveries of the all-new 2014 ELR extended range electric luxury coupe. Shipments started from General Motors' Detroit-Hamtramck facility this week, and initial deliveries will take place after the first of the year. As with the Chevy Volt before it, all dealers receiving the 2014 ELR have been specially trained and certified to sell and service the plug-in hybrid, including lessons in how to be an "ELR Concierge Representative." Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2013/12/19/cadillac-starts-shipping-2014-elr-phev/ Ohio dealer group sues Tesla to stop direct EV sales. Ohio auto dealers will not let a legislative loss stop their fight against Tesla Motors. Earlier this month, the California-based electric vehicle company had to marshal its forces to stop a state law (Senate Bill 137) that would have banned Tesla stores in Ohio. The Ohio senate voted against the amendment, which set the stage for the dealers to try a new strategy: getting rid of Tesla's sales license through the courts. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2013/12/19/ohio-dealer-group-sues-tesla-to-stop-direct-ev-sales/ 100,000 Miles on a LEAF: That's Just the Beginning for Electric Cars. Electric cars have been in the mainstream for three years now, and many people are using them as daily drivers. Inevitably, that has led to some mega-users racking up very high mileage on their cars. A 2012 Chevrolet Volt owner in Ohio, Erick Belmer, has rolled up more than 120,000 miles. And a big star right now is Steve Marsh of Kent, Washington, who was celebrated by his state’s governor Monday for reaching 100,000 miles in his Nissan LEAF. Posted. http://www.plugincars.com/100000-miles-leaf-just-beginning-evs-129112.html