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CARB Newsclips for March 6, 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 (CARB) invites you to participate in a public workshop on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-18 Funding Plan for Low Carbon Transportation Investments, Air Quality Improvement Program (AQIP), and the potential $25 million Volkswagen settlement funds for zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) aspects of vehicle replacement programs. The meeting will be held at the following time and place: Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017 Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Place: Cal/EPA Headquarters Building Coastal Hearing Room, Second Floor 1001 I Street Sacramento, California 95814 A meeting notice for the workshop is posted at: https://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/aqip/meetings/meetings.htm. Staff at the California Air Resources Board (ARB) invites you to participate in workshops on updates to Senate Bill 375 regional passenger vehicle greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets for California's Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO). The workshops will be held at the locations and dates below, and will follow the same format and presentation. LOS ANGELES: March 7, 2017 SACRAMENTO: March 9, 2017 (also webcast) FRESNO: March 14, 2017 For more information on these workshops, visit the ARB SB 375 website and see the meeting notice at: https://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/sb375/meetings/meetings.htm . On March 14, 2017, at 1:30 pm, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) staff is providing an online training webinar to discuss tool changes, clarifications, and guidance document updates for Electric Power Entities for 2016 data reported in 2017. The session will include a staff presentation and time for questions. Slides for the webinar will be posted at the following link prior to the start time: http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/reporting/ghg-rep/guidance/guidance-training.htm The GHG reporting regulation and additional information are available here: http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/reporting/ghg-rep/ghg-rep.htm. Updated guidance documents will be posted prior to the webinar. In addition, updated Excel reporting workbooks for Electric Power Entities (EPE) will be posted prior to the webinar at the following link: https://www.ccdsupport.com/confluence/display/calhelp/Reporting+Form+Instructions#EPE 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=workshops 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 Request for Proposal (RFP): Data Monitoring, Collection, and Analysis for Projects Granted under Fiscal Year (FY) 2014-15 Air Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) and Low Carbon Transportation Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) Investments. The California Air Resources Board is seeking a contractor to monitor, collect, and analyze data for heavy-duty vehicle, off-road equipment, and bulk ship projects granted under AQIP and Low Carbon Transportation GGRF Investments, as identified in the fiscal year (FY) 14-15 Funding Plan approved by the Board in June 2014. The contractor shall collect and monitor vehicle and facility data, as applicable, such as vehicle specifications and performance data, as well as capital costs and operation and maintenance data for vehicles and facilities. RFP Information: The Data Monitoring, Collection, and Analysis for Projects Granted under FY 14-15 AQIP and Low Carbon Transportation GGRF Investments RFP advertisement is available at: https://caleprocure.ca.gov/pages/Events-BS3/event-search.aspx (Event ID 0000004538). In order to submit a response, please register on the Cal eProcure website at: https://caleprocure.ca.gov/pages/ The final date for the proposal submission is Friday, March 24, 2017, 3:00 p.m., Pacific Standard Time. AIR POLLUTION Polluted environments kill 1.7 million children a year: WHO. A quarter of all global deaths of children under five are due to unhealthy or polluted environments including dirty water and air, second-hand smoke and a lack or adequate hygiene, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. Such unsanitary and polluted environments can lead to fatal cases of diarrhea… http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-pollution-who-idUSKBN16D00H Even toxics control successes can leave affected Southern California neighborhoods on edge. With the region’s leading air-quality watchdog facing criticism over a string of high-profile releases of hazardous substances into Southern California neighborhoods, government regulators have eagerly pointed to what they consider an environmental enforcement success… http://www.ocregister.com/articles/hixson-745676-aqmd-state.html Regulators OK plan for smog, soot curbs in Los Angeles Basin. Los Angeles regulators approved a plan last week to address chronically poor air quality for the basin's 17 million residents that includes last-minute moves to tighten rules for airports and end a pollution-trading program. The South Coast Air Quality Management District voted 11-2 on Friday to adopt a plan that would subject rail yards… http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/03/06/stories/1060050999 CLIMATE CHANGE White House proposes steep budget cut to leading climate science agency. The Trump administration is seeking to slash the budget of one of the government’s premier climate science agencies by 17 percent, delivering steep cuts to research funding and satellite programs, according to a four-page budget memo obtained by The Washington Post. The proposed cuts to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration… https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/03/03/white-house-proposes-steep-budget-cut-to-leading-climate-science-agency/?utm_campaign=de551927a5-Today_s_Climate12_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Inside Climate News&utm_term=.10e79fdaab3d California won't meet its climate change goals without a lot more housing density in its cities. To meet the bold new climate change goals put in place last year, California will work to put millions of electric cars on the road, revolutionize its dairy industry and generate half of all power from solar panels and other renewable sources. http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-housing-climate-change-goals-20170306-story.html Obama made big promises to the world. Can Trump spoil them? Months ago, Obama administration officials told the global community not to worry when Donald Trump was elected president. They insisted that the markets — for things like clean power and electric cars — would continue to drive the United States toward its climate commitments. http://www.eenews.net/stories/1060050971 DROUGHT Somalia says 110 dead in last 48 hours due to drought. Some 110 people have died in southern Somalia in the last two days from famine and diarrhea resulting from a drought, the prime minister said on Saturday, as the area braces itself for widespread shortages of food. In February, United Nations children's agency UNICEF said the drought in Somalia could lead to up to 270,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition this year. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-somalia-disaster-idUSKBN16B0MW?utm_source=Inside+Climate+News&utm_campaign=de551927a5-Today_s_Climate12_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-de551927a5-327747457 It’s really wet — so why is Santa Barbara still mired in drought? More than four inches of rain pounded the red-tiled roofs of this coastal enclave one day last month. Waves damaged a scenic pier. Historic pine trees fell, crashing into vehicles. The airport closed. The county jail relocated 200 inmates. Residents evacuated three apartment buildings. Six vacation cabins and 15 vehicles were swept down a river in a nearby canyon. http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/03/04/its-really-wet-so-why-is-santa-barbara-still-mired-in-drought/ FUELS Gutted EPA Mileage Rules Will Please Global Petro-States. On Tuesday, March 7th, the Trump administration will reverse the Obama administration’s Final Determination requiring automakers meet an average 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, according to Inside EPA. An alliance of manufacturers had urged protection for fuel inefficiency in a letter to Trump EPA administrator Scott Pruitt in February… https://cleantechnica.com/2017/03/06/gutted-epa-mileage-rules-will-please-global-petro-states/ EPA expected to revisit fuel economy rules. U.S. EPA is expected this week to officially begin reconsidering whether fuel economy rules should be loosened. Automakers have petitioned President Trump and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for relief on standards that they say are increasingly difficult to meet and do not match consumer preferences. The EPA rules are a key part of former President Obama's climate change legacy. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/03/06/stories/1060050972 Tax credit end boosted profits less than prior years — expert. Last year's looming expiration of a federal tax credit for biodiesel didn't give the industry the boost it usually sees when threatened with the credit's end, and darker days may be on the horizon unless the tax incentive returns. That's the conclusion of a University of Illinois economist who analyzes biofuel markets. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/03/06/stories/1060050997 HIGH-SPEED RAIL Valley Republicans skeptical of positive High-Speed Rail report. A newly released report says that high-speed rail construction is taking off around Fresno, but Republican lawmakers say the report is not as optimistic as it seems. Massive columns are rising parallel to Highway 99 as the High-Speed Rail project slowly accelerates above Fresno's skyline. http://abc30.com/news/valley-republicans-skeptical-of-positive-of-high-speed-rail-report/1783896/ GREEN ENERGY Know about 'power electronics'? It helps avoid warming. The Department of Energy is investing in tiny electrical components to take big bites out of energy consumption. At the agency's annual Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy showcase floor, amid displays of drones, solar panels and a full-size marine hydrokinetic generator, several grant recipients presented their takes on the semiconductors needed to spur the next… http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/03/06/stories/1060050974 ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE Confidential Dakota Pipeline Memo: Standing Rock Not a Disadvantaged Community Impacted by Pipeline. Pipeline builder claimed that mostly white Bismarck communities along its original route would have more minorities impacted than one near tribe's reservation. As the Standing Rock Sioux tribe was mounting opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline last spring, the pipeline company told federal officials that its final route skirting the reservation… https://insideclimatenews.org/news/06032017/dakota-access-pipeline-protests-dapl-standing-rock-environmental-assessment-trump?utm_source=Inside+Climate+News&utm_campaign=de551927a5-Today_s_Climate12_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-de551927a5-327747457 'Just racist': EPA cuts will hit black and Hispanic communities the hardest. Planned cuts at the Environmental Protection Agency are set to fall heaviest upon communities of color across the US that already suffer disproportionately from toxic pollution, green groups have warned. Donald Trump’s administration is proposing a 25% reduction in the EPA’s $8.1bn budget… https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/mar/03/epa-environment-budget-cuts-pollution-justice-office BLOGS Chevron warns it could face climate change lawsuits with future oil drilling potentially ‘economically infeasible’ Activist lawyers put UK companies on notice that legal action could be ‘on the cards’ as environmentalists say oil industry’s ‘entire business model is predicated on extremely dangerous levels of climate change’. In an industry first, one of the world’s biggest oil companies has warned it could face legal action over climate change. http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/chevron-oil-warn-climate-change-lawsuits-drilling-greenhouse-emissions-economically-infeasible-a7609411.html The severe, real-world casualties of Trump's EPA budget cuts. The Trump White House is proposing to decimate funding for federal environmental protection programs – including safeguards for some of our most vulnerable citizens – crippling the agency charged with keeping America’s air and water safe. The federal budget, normally a snoozer with thousands of pages full of tiny print and numbers… https://www.edf.org/blog/2017/03/03/severe-real-world-casualties-trumps-epa-budget-cuts California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.