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newsclips -- CARB Newsclips for March 6, 2017.

Posted: 06 Mar 2017 16:31:31
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.


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: 

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

Slides for the webinar will be posted at the following link prior
to the start time:

The GHG reporting regulation and additional information are
available here:

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: 

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  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. 

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
(Event ID 0000004538).  In order to submit a response, please
register on the Cal eProcure website at:

The final date for the proposal submission is Friday, March 24,
2017, 3:00 p.m., Pacific Standard Time.


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…

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

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…


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…
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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.

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


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.

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.


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…

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.

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


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.


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…


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…

'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…


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

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

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

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