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CARB Newsclips for February 28, 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 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. http://o7.arb.ca.gov/bbscal/uploads/2017/11371-soremarch2017workshopnotice.pdf One or more workshops/meetings have been scheduled and are now located in ARB's Workshop Calendar. Please go to: http://www.arb.ca.gov/app/calendar/cur_evnt.php?type=workshop s which links to meeting details, including: March 7, 2017: SB 375 Targets Update Workshop March 7, 2017. more info https://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/sb375/meetings/meetings.htm March 9, 2017: SB 375 Targets Update Workshop March 9, 2017. more info https://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/sb375/meetings/meetings.htm March 14, 2017: SB 375 Targets Update Workshop March 14, 2017. more info https://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/sb375/meetings/meetings.htm 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. http://www.arb.ca.gov/fuels/lcfs/workgroups/elect/022217notice.pdf CAP AND TRADE Preventing Leaks – That Is, the Cap-and-Trade Kind. As engineers shore up storm-damaged dams and levees, there are other kinds of leaks to consider – the kind caused by state climate change law, such as Cap-and-Trade. The Air Resources Board (CARB) plans to amend Cap-and-Trade’s “leakage” rules, and many industries are worried the changes may increase leakage. So what is leakage? It’s when Cap-and-Trade’s compliance costs cause emissions to decrease in California… http://www.davisvanguard.org/2017/02/preventing-leaks-cap-trade-kind/ Sarnia uneasy as cap and trade enters next phase. Sarnia is in the crosshairs of Ontario’s new ‘Cap and Trade’ system and that’s casting a cloud of uncertainty over the entire local economy, officials of all stripes say. Some 24% of Ontario’s industrial greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are generated locally… http://thesarniajournal.ca/sarnia-uneasy-as-cap-and-trade-enters-next-phase/ AIR POLLUTION Five Months After Incident, Agencies Still Haven’t Pinpointed Source of Vallejo Fumes. Five months after dozens of Vallejo residents sought medical treatment after being overpowered by an unbearable odor that spread over their community, a collection of federal, state and local agencies have failed to follow up on the cause or declined to release results of their investigations. https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2017/02/28/five-months-later-agencies-still-havent-pinpointed-source-of-vallejo-fumes/ Torrance city defends deadly refinery chemical that others want banned. At a time when state lawmakers and air quality regulators are weighing a possible ban on a deadly chemical used at refineries in Torrance and Wilmington, Torrance City Fire Department officials plan to defend the chemical at a public meeting Tuesday evening. http://www.scpr.org/news/2017/02/27/69415/torrance-city-defends-deadly-refinery-chemical-tha/ Rift divides top air quality regulators. A rift has developed between two of the Los Angeles region's most important overseers of air pollution laws, one that might take an act of the state legislature to resolve. In a recent meeting, the head of the board that oversees air quality in the LA basin has accused the majority of an independent hearing board -- one that decides how to enforce local smog and emissions rules… http://www.scpr.org/news/2017/02/27/69395/rift-divides-top-air-quality-regulators/ CLIMATE CHANGE With Climate Change, California Is Likely To See More Extreme Flooding. Californians are in shock that after five years of too little water, the problem now is too much. All eyes in California have been on Oroville Dam, where a broken spillway forced major evacuations. But the damage from winter storms has gone beyond the dam in the northern part of the state. Downstream, rivers are running high and levees have been breaching. http://www.npr.org/2017/02/28/517495739/with-climate-change-california-is-likely-to-see-more-extreme-flooding China Causing Climate Change? Myths Surround Country's Role In Causing Energy Problems, More Carbon Emissions. China has long been blamed for its contribution to climate change due to extensive manufacturing and the burning of fossil fuels. But according to new data, China is not only on track to meet its carbon reduction goals – it will likely surpass them by a long shot. http://www.ibtimes.com/china-causing-climate-change-myths-surround-countrys-role-causing-energy-problems-2499048 Idaho Legislature signs off on school science standards that leave out climate change. The Senate Education Committee voted Monday to approve new science standards for Idaho public schools that do not address the human impact on climate change. The vote essentially kicks the question of including climate change down the road a year… http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/local/education/article135334149.html#storylink=cpy ‘Shell knew’: oil giant's 1991 film warned of climate change danger. Public information film unseen for years shows Shell had clear grasp of global warming 26 years ago but has not acted accordingly since, say critics. The oil giant Shell issued a stark warning of the catastrophic risks of climate change more than a quarter of century ago in a prescient 1991 film that has been rediscovered. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/feb/28/shell-knew-oil-giants-1991-film-warned-climate-change-danger DROUGHT California water supplies to improve for some Central Valley Project customers. Many of the farms and cities that rely on water from the federal government’s Central Valley Project will get their full allotment this year, including many in the Sacramento area, thanks to bountiful supplies of rain and snow this winter throughout California. Others, however, have been put in a wait-and-see mode, a sign that the operators of… http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/water-and-drought/article135467159.html#storylink=cpy Drought-busting snow pushes Lake Tahoe to highest mark since 2006. The drought-busting snow and rain in the mountains around Lake Tahoe have pushed the lake to its highest level in more than a decade. After suffering through five consecutive years of drought, hydrologists say the alpine lake atop the Sierra now has enough water to fill… http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/6720219-181/drought-busting-snow-pushes-lake-tahoe DIESEL ACTIVITIES Volvo concept truck uses hybrid power to cut fuel use, emissions. Because they cover significantly more mileage than the average passenger car, with much worse fuel economy, large commercial trucks are a major source of emissions. Last year, Volvo Trucks aimed to address this issue with a concept truck that demonstrated… http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1109095_volvo-concept-truck-uses-hybrid-power-to-cut-fuel-use-emissions VW RECALL EU parliament says governments delayed new rules on car emissions. European governments delayed stricter car engine emissions tests by six years and did not do enough to uncover cheating by car manufacturers, a European Parliament report into the dieselgate scandal said on Tuesday. The investigation into Volkswagen's emissions test cheating also blamed… http://www.businessinsider.com/r-eu-parliament-says-governments-delayed-new-rules-on-car-emissions-2017-2 GREEN ENERGY Next up on Trump’s energy list. President Trump is big on keeping the promises he made on the campaign trail. Since taking office, Trump and his top aides have boasted about the White House's commitment to the pledges he made on the stump, many of which involve rolling back Obama administration regulations and expanding domestic energy production. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/02/28/stories/1060050682 MISCELLANEOUS Trump Plans to Begin E.P.A. Rollback With Order on Clean Water. President Trump is expected to sign an executive order on Tuesday aimed at rolling back one of former President Barack Obama’s major environmental regulations to protect American waterways, but it will have almost no immediate legal effect, according to two people familiar with the White House plans. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/28/us/politics/trump-epa-clean-water-climate-change.html?_r=1 California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.