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ARB Newsclips for March 11, 2014. 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 Quebec's Carbon Market. Rebounds After California Hook Up. Quebec’s first auction of carbon allowances last year was deemed a bit of a snooze-fest as buyers only snapped up about a third of available allowances, but demand soared in last week’s provincial auction following its linkage to California’s cap-and-trade system. Posted. http://www.ecosystemmarketplace.com/pages/dynamic/article.page.php?page_id=10242§ion=news_articles&eod=1 AIR POLLUTION High lead levels in soil near battery plant prompt health warnings. State regulators order Exide Technologies to perform more testing after elevated amounts of lead are found in the soil of homes and a preschool near the Vernon plant. Elevated levels of lead have been found in the soil of homes and a preschool near a battery recycling plant in Vernon, prompting officials to issue health warnings and order more testing in adjacent neighborhoods. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-exide-20140311,0,6768206.story#ixzz2vfhxrNJf http://www.sacbee.com/2014/03/11/6226285/high-lead-levels-in-soil-near.html Phillips 66 fined $230K for SF Bay air violations. Phillips 66 Company has been fined $230,900 by San Francisco Bay Area air quality officials for numerous air pollution violations. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District says the settlement covers 19 violations from 2008 and 2009. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/Phillips-66-fined-230K-for-SF-Bay-air-violations-5304689.php http://www.contracostatimes.com/contra-costa-times/ci_25315213/phillips-66-oil-refinery-rodeo-pay-230-900 Deteriorating air quality expected today. A warning that blowing dust will cause poor air quality on the Nipomo Mesa was issued today by the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District. APCD and San Luis Obispo County Health Department officials said deteriorating air quality is expected in the Oceano Dunes and Nipomo Mesa areas from noon to 7 p.m. today, with dust levels peaking between 1 and 6 p.m. Posted. http://santamariatimes.com/news/local/deteriorating-air-quality-expected-today/article_c88fc744-a8a9-11e3-9c44-0019bb2963f4.html Traffic Column. A smog inspection for such a newer vehicle is required when there’s a transfer of ownership, said ARB air pollution specialist John Swanton, who noted, “One reason for the inspection is exactly the situation here.” “ARB works closely with aftermarket manufacturers to get as many of their ‘pending’ parts granted executive order exemptions as possible. Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/columns/on-the-road-headlines/20140310-traffic-column.ece Court rejects challenge to EPA power plant standards on procedural grounds. A federal court this morning rejected a challenge to U.S. EPA emission standards for power plants by the state of Texas and industry groups -- largely on procedural grounds. The opinion from a three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit protects EPA's New Source Performance Standards for particulate matter…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059995934/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE Democrats clock all-nighter with climate talk. Democratic senators clocked an all-nighter, working in shifts into Tuesday morning to warn of devastation from climate change and the danger of inaction. Addressing a nearly empty chamber and visitor gallery, more than two dozen speakers agreed with each other about the need to act on climate change. Naysayers - Republicans - largely stayed away, arguing hours earlier that regulation would cost Americans jobs in a sluggish economy. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SENATE_ALL_NIGHTER?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/11/us/politics/26-democrats-plan-a-senate-all-nighter-on-climate-change.html?action=click&module=Search®ion=searchResults%230&version=&url=http%3A%2F%2Fquery.nytimes.com%2Fsearch%2Fsitesearch%2F%3Faction%3Dclick%26region%3DMasthead%26pgtype%3DHomepage%26module%3DSearchSubmit%26contentCollection%3DHomepage%26t%3Dqry138%23%2Fclimate%2Bchange%2F24hours%2F&_r=0 http://www.sacbee.com/2014/03/11/6226706/democratic-senators-to-wrap-up.html#storylink=cpy http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/mar/10/senate-democrats-plan-all-night-session-on-climate/ http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_25318643/climate-change-talkathon-democratic-senators-pull-an-all Steel plant may be allowed to release more toxins. A Detroit-area steel plant would be allowed to release higher amounts of toxins under a revised permit proposed by the state Department of Environmental Quality that would bring its allowed emissions more in line with what the facility actually sends into the air. The changes to a 2006 emissions permit would approve releasing more than 725 times more lead into the air…Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/03/11/6227219/steel-plant-may-be-allowed-to.html#storylink=cpy Climate change program hits record price. The cost for power plants in New York to emit climate-changing greenhouse gases hit an all-time high last week under the nine-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Spearheaded by former GOP Gov. George Pataki, RGGI began in 2009 as the nation's first state-level greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Climate-change-program-hits-record-price-5304697.php Climate change and sensitivity: not all Watts are equal. We hear a lot of talk these days about climate sensitivity. It is often considered the most important measure for predicting how much the Earth's temperature will increase as we emit heat-trapping gases like carbon dioxide. Posted. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2014/mar/11/climate-change-sensitivity-shindell DROUGHT In severe drought plan, California salmon may be moved by truck. Starting next month, millions of young California salmon could be migrating to the ocean in tanker trucks instead of swimming downstream in the Sacramento River. On Monday, state and federal wildlife officials announced a plan to move hatchery-raised salmon by truck in the event the state’s ongoing drought makes the Sacramento River and its tributaries inhospitable for the fish. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/03/10/6226163/in-severe-drought-plan-california.html#storylink=cpy DIESEL EMISSIONS Highest biodiesel awards honor industry champions. Few states have as significant an impact on environmental regulations as the state of California. As the industry honored those who have made significant impacts on the biodiesel industry during the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in San Diego recently, it is fitting that multiple award winners reside within the Golden State. Posted. http://www.biodieselmagazine.com/articles/17980/highest-biodiesel-awards-honor-industry-champions Air district bus program closes March 14. San Joaquin Valley school districts have until March 14 to apply for funding to help replace their polluting buses with newer, cleaner models. The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control launched its School Bus Incentive Program last April providing school districts with enough money to cover half the cost of each new school bus. Posted. http://www.thebusinessjournal.com/news/energy-and-environment/11092-air-district-bus-program-closes-march-14 Other related articles: http://www.news10.net/story/news/local/stockton/2014/03/10/air-pollution-school-bus/6271433/ FUELS Coal to the Rescue, but Maybe Not Next Winter. When the temperature here dropped into the teens this winter, ice formed on the inside of Ernestine J. Cundiff’s windows in the drafty 50-year-old apartment building where she lives. At 81, with diabetes, poor circulation in her legs and both shoulders damaged in separate falls last year, Ms. Cundiff said wearing leggings and fur-lined slippers was not enough to keep her warm, so she took to using an electric space heater in her bedroom. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/11/business/energy-environment/coal-to-the-rescue-this-time.html?action=click&module=Search®ion=searchResults%230&version=&url=http%3A%2F%2Fquery.nytimes.com%2Fsearch%2Fsitesearch%2F%3Faction%3Dclick%26region%3DMasthead%26pgtype%3DHomepage%26module%3DSearchSubmit%26contentCollection%3DHomepage%26t%3Dqry138%23%2Femissions%2F24hours%2F FRACKING Fracking exposes rift between Jerry Brown, Democrats. Fracking has opened vast oil and natural gas deposits across the country, creating legions of fans and foes alike. Now the technology has exposed a rift between Gov. Jerry Brown and a very vocal part of his Democratic base. Brown has come under increasing fire from the state's powerful environmental lobby for his support of hydraulic fracturing, the drilling technique that has revolutionized America's oil and gas industry. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Fracking-exposes-rift-between-Jerry-Brown-5305168.php VEHICLES Hyundai Motor to launch first battery-powered electric car in 2016. Hyundai Motor Co plans to start selling its first battery-powered electric vehicle (EV) in 2016 as South Korea's champion of fuel-cell cars hedges its bets in next-generation green technology. Hyundai has leant toward engines which turn hydrogen into electricity in response to stricter emissions regulations in markets such as the United States. Research and development partner Kia Motors Corp has focused on rechargeable batteries. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/11/us-hyundai-motor-electric-idUSBREA2A07Q20140311 California mulls how to regulate 'driverless cars.' California's Department of Motor Vehicles is wading into the complex question of how to regulate the use of cars that rely on computers — not people — to drive them. Once the stuff of science fiction, "Driverless cars" could be commercially available by decade's end. On Tuesday, the DMV is hearing ideas on how to integrate the cars onto public roads. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/mar/11/california-mulls-how-to-regulate-driverless-cars/ Toyota continues prepare the market for fuel cell vehicle in 2015. Toyota Motor continues to lay the foundation for the introduction of its production fuel cell hybrid vehicle in 2015; the company began work on fuel cell technology in 1992. Showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show in January in Las Vegas (earlier post), the FCV Concept, which presages the introduction of the series-production vehicle, made its European debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2014/03/20140311-fcv.html GREEN ENERGY Durango turns to renewable power. Durango is going to buy 100 percent renewable energy from La Plata Electric Association this year. Customers pay a premium of 9 cents per 100 kilowatt hours for electricity produced from non-fossil fuels, such as solar, hydroelectric power or wind. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/03/11/6227456/durango-turns-to-renewable-power.html#storylink=cpy http://www.modbee.com/2014/03/11/3233730/durango-turns-to-renewable-power.html#storylink=cpy Owners love their green-certified homes, survey finds. A recent survey finds that a majority of home owners who bought a green-certified home love their homes and would even buy another green home in the future. Home owners were most satisfied with their low utility bills, energy efficiency, and better insulation, according to the survey. Posted. http://www.pe.com/real-estate/company-news/20140310-owners-love-their-green-certified-homes-survey-finds.ece Costs count most in clean-energy survey. Consumers may say they care about the environment. But when it comes to clean technology items like hybrid cars or energy-efficient home upgrades, people vote with their wallets. A national survey of homeowners released Monday found that upfront costs and sustained savings are the top concerns when adding rooftop solar energy, backup energy storage and other big-ticket green technology. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/mar/10/homowners-crave-energy-choices/ Wind power has more than tripled in 6 years – report. The top 10 wind-energy-producing states are generating enough clean energy to power roughly 11.5 million U.S. homes, according to data released last week by the American Wind Energy Association. The findings, based on an analysis of Energy Department data, provide another snapshot of how and where wind power is growing in the United States. Nationally, wind power now accounts for 4.1 percent of all electricity generated nationwide. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059995875/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS More choices, more rides bring transit renaissance. With more trains and buses to take, and the appeal of using travel time for pursuits other than dodging traffic, Americans are taking greater advantage of a renaissance in public transit, according to a new report. The number of rides taken on public buses, trains and subways has fully recovered from a dip during the Great Recession. And with services restored following economy-driven cutbacks, ridership appears set to resume what had been a steady increase. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/03/11/6226659/more-choices-more-rides-bring.html#storylink=cpy http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/more-choices-more-rides-bring-transit-renaissance/2014/03/11/401fcf34-a90e-11e3-8a7b-c1c684e2671f_story.html http://www.centralvalleybusinesstimes.com/stories/001/?ID=25396 http://goldrushcam.com/sierrasuntimes/index.php/mariposa-daily-news-2014/173-march/12369-california-household-travel-survey-shows-more-californians-are-walking-biking-and-riding-transit BLOGS Pollution: Causing Lung Cancer in China? Can air pollution cause lung cancer? That’s the question many in China are asking as they snap up face masks to avoid breathing hazardous particles in the country’s often pewter-colored, polluted skies. Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2014/03/10/does-air-pollution-cause-cancer/ New research shows air pollution might make you bad at your job. In 2011 researchers at UC San Diego and Columbia University were the first to demonstrate a link between air pollution and reduced productivity among outdoor agricultural workers. Now those researchers are back with a new study, entitled “Particulate Pollution and the Productivity of Pear Packers.” The study shows, for the first time, a significant link between air pollution and the productivity of indoor workers. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/03/10/new-research-shows-air-pollution-might-make-you-bad-at-your-job/ Big Oil says California's cap-and-trade system will raise gas prices. You try to do a good thing, but someone always has to come around and say there's a down side. In this case, the good thing is AB 32, also known as California's greenhouse gas emission reduction law, and the potential down side is one that could generate a lot of bad publicity. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/03/10/big-oil-californias-cap-trade-system-raise-gas-prices/ Tesla investor says selling 500,000 EVs in 2020 is totally doable. Tesla Motors may make good on Chief Elon Musk's claim of selling a half-million vehicles a year by the end of the decade, Motley Fool says. Of course, the author of the Foolish report in question owns Tesla shares but, now that we've gotten that out of the way, let's check out the logic. Tesla moved almost 22,500 Model S vehicles last year and it was the best-selling plug-in vehicle in the US during the fourth quarter. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/03/11/tesla-investor-says-selling-500000-evs-in-2020-possible/ Four new ozone-destroying gases found sneaking around the stratosphere. There are things we know that we know, there are things that we know we don’t know, and there are four previously unknown ozone-eating gases that we now know are eating the ozone. (It goes something like that, right?) Posted. http://grist.org/news/four-new-ozone-destroying-gases-found-sneaking-around-the-stratosphere/ California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.