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newsclips -- CARB Newsclips for February 17, 2017. Posted: 17 Feb 2017 15:12:32
CARB Newsclips for February 17, 2017. 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. CARB BUSINESS The California Air Resources Board will conduct a public meeting at the time and place noted below for the following two items: Public Meeting to Consider the 2016 Ozone Sip for Ventura County and to Consider the Ozone SIP for San Diego County. DATE: March 23 and 24, 2017 TIME: 9:00 a.m. LOCATION: County of Riverside County Administrative Center 1st Floor Board Chambers 4080 Lemon Street Riverside, CA 92501 Interested members of the public may present comments orally or in writing at the meeting and may provide comments by postal mail or by electronic submittal before the meeting. To be considered by the Board, written comments not physically submitted at the meeting, must be received no later than 5:00 pm, March 20, 2017 and addressed to the following: Postal mail: Clerk of the Board, Air Resources Board 1001 I Street, Sacramento, California 95814 Electronic Submittal: http://www.arb.ca.gov/lispub/comm/bclist.php To provide your comments before the Board meeting and to view the Notices listed below please go to: http://www.arb.ca.gov/lispub/comm/bclist.php 1) Notice of Public Meeting to Consider the 2016 Ozone SIP for Ventura County Further inquiries regarding this matter should be directed to Austin Hicks, Air Pollution Specialist, South Coast Air Quality Planning Section at (916) 322-8279 or Carol Sutkus, Manager of the South Coast Air Quality Planning Section at (916) 322-1229. The report may also be obtained from ARB’s website at https://www.arb.ca.gov/planning/sip/planarea/vensip.htm 2) Notice of Public Meeting to Consider the Ozone SIP for San Diego County Further inquiries regarding this matter should be directed to Monica Lewis, Air Pollution Specialist, South Coast Air Quality Planning Section at (916) 324-2716 or Carol Sutkus, Manager of the South Coast Air Quality Planning Section at (916) 322-1229. The report may also be obtained from ARB’s website at https://www.arb.ca.gov/planning/sip/planarea/sansip.htm The Air Resources Board has posted an Errata for the proposed Regulation for Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards for Crude Oil and Natural Gas Facilities. On February 3, 2017, the Air Resources Board released a “Notice of Public Availability of Modified Text and Availability of Additional Documents and/or Information” for the proposed Regulation for Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards for Crude Oil and Natural Gas Facilities. The deadline for public comment on the modified text and additional documents is February 21, 2017. PLEASE BE ADVISED that Attachment 2, the additional documents to the Notice of Public Availability of Modified Text and Availability of Additional Documents and/or Information, has a few minor errors, as described below. The errors are located on page 4 of the “Revised Emission and Cost Estimates for the Leak Detection and Repair Provision” document, which is posted at the following website: https://www.arb.ca.gov/regact/2016/oilandgas2016/oilandgas2016.htm 1. In Table 2, the costs in the Set Up Cost column should have been multiplied by a cost recovery factor of 0.23, reflecting that the these costs are amortized over five years, because stakeholders commented that it is anticipated that LDAR vendors will change every five years, thereby requiring a new set up cost. The remaining values in Table 2 are correct. 2. The Set Up Cost calculation equation now correctly shows the cost recovery factor of 0.23, along with an explanation of why this cost is amortized. This errata, including the attachment which illustrates the corrections and the complete notice of public availability of modified text and availability of additional documents and/or information are available on ARB’s website at the following address: https://www.arb.ca.gov/regact/2016/oilandgas2016/oilandgas2016.htm Any questions regarding these corrections should be directed to Jim Nyarady, Manager, Oil & Gas Section, at (916) 322-8273 CAP AND TRADE State leaning toward cap-and-trade extension. Cap and trade is still gathering momentum as the state's preferred policy to reduce emissions despite anti-poverty groups' best efforts to stymie it. Activists who oppose cap and trade for its potential to reduce total greenhouse gas emissions while allowing emissions at individual facilities to increase have mounted a fierce battle… http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/02/17/stories/1060050243 AIR POLLUTION Oakland warehouse fire: Air quality district to investigate charred debris dump. Saying he had “extreme concerns” over the mysterious dumping of charred debris from December’s fatal Ghost Ship fire in an open field, the Bay Area’s top air quality regulator said Thursday he will launch an investigation to check for asbestos and other contaminants. http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/02/17/oakland-warehouse-fire-air-quality-district-to-investigate-charred-debris-dump/ Global Pressures to Fix Climate Change Push Demand for Air Quality Control Systems. Global pressures to fix climate change are prompting industrial and manufacturing facilities to implement air quality systems to comply with clean air standards. The demand is escalating further because economies are expanding and the resulting increase in housing and construction, all of which use iron and steel. https://www.environmentalleader.com/2017/02/global-pressures-fix-climate-change-push-demand-air-quality-control-systems/ London to tax old cars to combat air pollution. Motorists in London who own old polluting vehicles are to be hit with a new charge from October, Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Friday, two days after the EU ordered Britain to cut air pollution. "The context is this: over 9,000 Londoners die each year because of low quality air," Khan told the BBC after announcing the new "Toxic Charge". https://www.yahoo.com/news/london-tax-old-cars-combat-air-pollution-105840840.html https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2888048/pollution-cars-fined-toxicity-charge/ CLIMATE CHANGE New supercomputer aids climate research in top coal state. A new supercomputer in the top coal-mining state has begun critical climate-change research with support from even some global warming doubters, but scientists worry President Donald Trump could cut funding for such programs. The $30 million, house-sized supercomputer named Cheyenne belongs to a federally funded research center. It got to work a few weeks ago crunching numbers for several ambitious projects, from modeling air currents at wind farms to figuring out how to better predict weather months to years in advance. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CLIMATE_SUPERCOMPUTER?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Climate change is threatening to push a crowded capital toward a breaking point. On bad days, you can smell the stench from a mile away, drifting over a nowhere sprawl of highways and office parks. When the Grand Canal was completed, at the end of the 1800s, it was Mexico City’s Brooklyn Bridge, a major feat of engineering and a symbol of civic pride: 29 miles long… https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/02/17/world/americas/mexico-city-sinking.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fearth&action=click&contentCollection=earth®ion=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront Will This Climate Change Supercomputer Survive? A new supercomputer in the top coal-mining state has begun critical climate-change research with support from even some global warming doubters, but scientists worry President Donald Trump could cut funding for such programs. The $30 million, house-sized supercomputer named Cheyenne belongs to a federally funded research center. http://www.agweb.com/article/will-this-climate-change-supercomputer-survive-naa-associated-press/ Scientists keep an eye out for another El Niño. There's a chance that an El Niño event could form this year, according to scientists. El Niño events — characterized by warm weather and stormy conditions over the Pacific Ocean — generally take place every two to seven years. Normally, a warm event is followed by a cooler La Niña event. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/02/17/stories/1060050219 Obama's lame-duck EPA signed last-minute climate waivers. U.S. EPA signed off on five environmental waivers for California in the waning days of the Obama administration, clearing the decks for any short-term clash over climate change policies between the state and President Trump's administration. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/02/17/stories/1060050240 Lawmakers eye shifting climate research from NASA. Lawmakers are remaking NASA in order to leave parts of the agency's earth science program untouched but remove its climate change research. It's still unclear exactly how lawmakers plan to transform NASA's mission, but Republicans and Trump administration officials have said they want the agency to focus on deep-space missions and away from climate change research… http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/02/17/stories/1060050245 Highway agency drops mentions of climate change. The Federal Highway Administration has replaced the term "climate change" with "resilience" in some of its bureaucracy. A team working to prepare the country's roads for global warming and to reduce vehicle emissions, previously called the "Sustainable Transport and Climate Change" group, adopted the name… http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/02/17/stories/1060050242 Moody's: Rest of world may pick up U.S. slack on emissions. Nations are still on track to reduce greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, despite promises from the Trump administration to roll back American environmental policies, Moody's Investors Service said. In a report published yesterday, analysts at the ratings agency said the United States will likely set less ambitious… http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/02/17/stories/1060050238 DROUGHT Brazil races against time to save drought-hit city, dying crops. The shrunken carcasses of cows lie in scorched fields outside the city of Campina Grande in northeast Brazil, and hungry goats search for food on the cracked-earth floor of the Boqueirao reservoir that serves the desperate town. After five years of drought, farmer Edivaldo Brito says he cannot remember when the Boqueirão reservoir was last full. But he has never seen it this empty. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-brazil-drought-idUSKBN15W1HP Record drought + record rain = toppled trees. How do you know if your tree is in trouble? At Elysian Park near Dodger Stadium last weekend, hikers walked their dogs along the popular hiking trail, unconcerned by a recently toppled tree. But with more winter storms predicted, and news of a 100-year-old pine tree falling on a house and car in Pasadena on Tuesday, it’s hard for homeowners to be equally nonchalant. http://www.latimes.com/home/la-hm-fallen-trees-20170215-story.html FUELS EPA Nominee Pruitt Ordered to Produce Documents About Fossil Fuel Ties. An Oklahoma judge, responding to a suit by an advocacy group, has ordered Scott Pruitt to turn over records, although the deadline is after his likely confirmation. An Oklahoma judge on Thursday ordered the state's attorney general, Scott Pruitt, to quickly release thousands of pages of documents after years of delay. https://insideclimatenews.org/news/16022017/epa-scott-pruitt-oklahoma-judge-oil-gas?utm_source=Inside+Climate+News&utm_campaign=a2c2f35560-Today_s_Climate12_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-a2c2f35560-327747457 MISCELLANEOUS Pruitt OK'd as EPA chief over environmentalists' objections. Over the strong objections of environmental groups, the Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday, giving President Donald Trump an eager partner to fulfill his campaign pledge to increase the use of planet-warming fossil fuels. In six years as Oklahoma's attorney general, Pruitt filed 14 lawsuits challenging EPA regulations… http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SENATE_TRUMP_CABINET?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.sfgate.com/local/politics/article/Senate-will-vote-on-EPA-nominee-won-t-see-10940832.php https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/16/us/politics/scott-pruitt-environmental-protection-agency.html?mtrref=undefined http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/The-Latest-Senate-confirms-Mulvaney-as-budget-10937418.php CalEPA Task Force Steps Up Enforcement In West Oakland. West Oakland can expect increased enforcement of trucking emissions, backyard businesses and stormwater runoff in the next few months as a new environmental justice task force gets to work, according to representatives of the state Environmental Protection Agency. Representatives of CalEPA met with residents at the West Oakland Senior Center… http://hoodline.com/2017/02/calepa-task-force-steps-up-enforcement-in-west-oakland OPINIONS The bipartisan solution to climate change. In the four years that I’ve worked daily to promote solutions to climate change, I’ve experienced more ups and downs than I could possibly count. I’m not going to lie — election day was definitely a low point. How do we build toward prudent, workable policy solutions when the new president is also climate denier-in-chief? http://www.ocregister.com/articles/four-744320-climate-years.html California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.