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newsclips -- CARB Newsclips for February 27, 2017.

Posted: 27 Feb 2017 16:21:08
CARB Newsclips for February 27, 2017. 

This is a service of the California Air Resources Board’s Office
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CARB Business

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) staff has posted the
slide presentation for the February 28, 2017, public workshop on
potential regulatory changes to the CARB’s Heavy-Duty Vehicle
Inspection Program (HDVIP) and the Periodic Smoke Inspection
Program (PSIP), and on plans to develop a comprehensive
inspection and maintenance (I/M) program for heavy-duty (HD)
vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating over 14,000 pounds
for implementation in the post-2020 timeframe.  The public
workshop presentation can be accessed at:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/hdim/hdim.htm . 

The public workshop will be held at the following location and

Date:           Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Time:           1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location:       South Coast Air Quality Management District 
                SCAQMD), Auditorium
                21865 Copley Drive
                Diamond Bar, California 91765

This workshop will be webcast for those unable to attend in
person.  To access the webcast the day of the workshop, please
visit the SCAQMD website at: 

March 1, 2017: Public Workshop to Discuss Proposed 15-Day Changes
to the Small Off-Road Engine Evaporative Emissions Regulations.

The Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) invites you to participate
in a public workshop to learn about proposed 15-day changes to
the ARB small off-road engine (SORE) evaporative emissions
regulation amendments presented to the Board in November 2016.

One or more workshops/meetings have been scheduled and are now
located in ARB's Workshop Calendar. Please go to:

which links to meeting details, including:

March 7, 2017: SB 375 Targets Update Workshop March 7, 2017.
more info

March 9, 2017: SB 375 Targets Update Workshop March 9, 2017.
more info

March 14, 2017: SB 375 Targets Update Workshop March 14, 2017.
more info

The California Air Resource Board has posted an updated Notice of
Upcoming Low Carbon Fuel Standard Credits Release for Non-Metered
Residential Electric Vehicle Charging.



Aggressive cuts to Obama-era green rules to start soon: EPA head.
U.S. President Donald Trump's administration will begin rolling
back Obama-era environmental regulations in an "aggressive way"
as soon as next week, the head of the Environmental Protection
Agency said on Saturday - adding he understood why some Americans
want to see his agency eliminated completely. "I think there are
some regulations that in the near-term need to be rolled back in
a very aggressive way.

Environmental Groups Say California’s Climate Program Hasn’t
Helped Them. In the Wilmington neighborhood of Los Angeles,
residential streets dead-end at oil refineries. Diesel trucks
crawl through, carrying containers from nearby ports. Longtime
resident Magali Sanchez Hall says the pollution from all that has
taken a toll, right on the street where she lives.

Amazon Deforestation, Once. Tamed, Comes Roaring Back. A decade
after the “Save the Rainforest” movement captured the world’s
imagination, Cargill and other food giants are pushing deeper
into the wilderness. A few months ago, a representative from
Cargill traveled to this remote colony in Bolivia’s eastern
lowlands in the southernmost reaches of the vast Amazon River
basin with an enticing offer.

Scott Pruitt vows to slash climate and water pollution
regulations at CPAC. Head of the EPA told the conservative
audience they would be ‘justified’ in believing the environmental
regulator should be completely disbanded. Scott Pruitt, the
administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has
vowed to roll back flagship regulations that tackle climate
change and water pollution…

Skeptics cheer new influence over climate research. On a balmy
February day with the cherry blossoms abloom in Washington,
climate change skeptics at the annual Conservative Political
Action Conference hailed the newfound and unexpected power they
now have over science in the nation's capital. Outside the
Maryland convention center, scientists fretted over the
high-temperature records…

Brown: Billions needed for repairs, climate protection.
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Friday pitched spending tens
of billions of dollars to upgrade and protect state
infrastructure, which he said increasingly is burdened by climate
change. California is grappling with how to move forward
following a near-catastrophe at Oroville Dam and breaks in
several levees after repeated heavy rainstorms.


Yes, California's drought is all but over, and the dramatically
revived Cachuma Lake proves it. Heading into February, things
were looking grim here in the rugged hills north of Santa
Barbara. While much of California was emerging from five years of
drought, this giant reservoir had dwindled to a weedy channel at
just 7% of capacity and was perilously close to being written off
as a regional water supply.


Coal Industry Casts Itself as a Clean Energy Player. President
Trump has questioned the science behind climate change as “a
hoax” in positioning himself as a champion of coal. The three
largest American coal producers are taking a different tack.
Seeking to shore up their struggling industry, the coal producers
are voicing greater concern about greenhouse gas emissions.


Red States Address Climate Change by Reframing the Debate.
President Donald Trump has the environmental community
understandably concerned. He and members of his Cabinet have
questioned the established science of climate change, and the
head of the Environmental Protection Agency, former Oklahoma
Attorney General Scott Pruitt, has sued the EPA many times and
regularly sided with the fossil fuel industry.

Your Turn, NH -- David Worthen: RGGI is good for NH businesses. 
AS A NASHUA-BASED MANUFACTURER, we know that energy costs are a
concern for everyone. That’s why we are committed to energy
solutions like energy efficiency and renewable energy. It’s
common sense: Investing in projects that make our electricity
grid and our businesses more energy efficient decreases the
amount of energy we need to purchase and therefore lowers our
energy bills.


EPA Chief promises aggressive rollback of Obama regulations.
[JURIST] On Saturday the newly confirmed head of the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] Scott
Pruitt [EPA bio] announced that they would be rolling back some
Obama era regulations as soon as next week. When speaking at the
Conservative Political Action Conference [official website]
(CPAC) on Saturday, Pruitt took a tone that the previous
administration's policies…

California is in a drought emergency.
Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.

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