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newsclips -- CARB Newsclips for August 8, 2017. Posted: 08 Aug 2017 15:18:58
CARB Newsclips for August 8, 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 Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) will conduct a public hearing at the time and place noted below to consider approving for adoption the proposed amendments to California Evaluation Procedures for New Aftermarket Catalytic Converters. DATE: September 28, 2017 TIME: 9:00 A.M. LOCATION: California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board Byron Sher Auditorium 1001 I Street Sacramento, California 95814 Electronic submittal: http://www.arb.ca.gov/lispub/comm/bclist.php _________________________________________________________________ The California Air Resources Board (CARB) invites you to participate in a public workshop to begin discussing concepts for minimizing community health impacts from seaports, railyards, and warehouses/distribution centers. Workshops will be held at the locations and dates shown below. Both workshops will follow the same format and present the same material. LOS ANGELES Tuesday, August 29, 2017, (1:00 – 3:00 pm) Junipero Serra Building 320 West 4th Street, Los Angeles, California 90013 SACRAMENTO (also webcast) Wednesday, September 6, 2017, (1:00 – 3:00 pm) California Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters, Sierra Hearing Room 1001 I Street, Sacramento, California 95814 For more information on this workshop, please see the meeting notice at: https://www.arb.ca.gov/gmp/sfti/FreightFacility.htm ______________________________ Northern California Truck Owners and Operators -- You’re invited to attend a One-Stop Truck event in Santa Rosa on Wednesday, August 30. At this event, you’ll be able to get help with all of your CARB compliance questions, get up-to-date info on truck rules, learn about financial incentives to help purchase new trucks, visit with vendors, and check out the latest clean trucks. Here's what you will find at this One-Stop event: • One-on-one compliance assistance (Asistencia en español disponible) • Enforcement inspection demo • Truck and bus and off-road regulation overview • New technology options for compliance • Funding options for on-road trucks • CHP Inspection update • Industry vendors & local agency booths • Clean vehicle/technology displays For more information and to sign up to attend, please visit our One Stop Truck Event webpage: www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/truckstop/azregs/onestop.htm or call the Diesel Hotline at 866-634-3735 _____________________________________ AIR POLLUTION EPA: High levels of manganese found in southeast Chicago. The Environmental Protection Agency has cited a Chicago facility after finding high levels of brain-damaging manganese in a low-income neighborhood. Data the EPA shared Monday shows that air quality monitors around the S.H. Bell Co. facility recorded violations of federal health standards nearly 40 percent of the days when samples were collected. https://www.apnews.com/ce7bd4968ffc44e58491f92ce3c4809f/EPA:-High-levels-of-manganese-found-in-southeast-Chicago New California law gives air quality officials the power to quickly shut down polluters. Local air quality officials are gaining new powers to quickly stop polluters when they endanger people’s health under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday. The law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, follows years of frustration in communities such as Paramount, Boyle Heights and Maywood… http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-air-polluters-authority-20170807-story.html Stress and air pollution - double jeopardy for low-income pregnant women? Low-income families are more likely to live in more polluted areas and also undergo more everyday stress, compared to their wealthier counterparts. For pregnant low-income women, that combination can prove harmful to the health of their fetuses, a new study has found. Researchers at UC Berkeley and the University of California… http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/health-and-medicine/article165906127.html#storylink=cpy New Study Traces Airborne Dust Back To Shrinking Salton Sea. As the Salton Sea shrinks — exposing land that was once underwater to desert winds — one concern has been that increased dust emissions will make already poor air quality worse for nearby residents. A recently published study out of UC Riverside confirms this is already starting to happen. http://www.kpbs.org/news/2017/aug/07/new-study-traces-airborne-dust-back-shrinking-salt/ Numerous studies show that replacing darker roofs with highly reflective materials can reduce temperatures and cut energy costs. It’s why utilities across the state offer incentives for installation. But a study by the South Coast Air Quality Management District suggests that cool roofs in Southern California can slightly increase ozone and smog. http://www.capradio.org/articles/2017/08/07/study-shows-cool-roofs-could-increase-air-pollution/ https://www.azocleantech.com/news.aspx?newsID=24218 LA County tells 4 more metal plants to curb chromium 6 emissions. Claiming "action is needed without delay," the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is ordering four Paramount metal processing facilities to reduce emissions of cancer-causing hexavalent chromium. The move apparently comes before regional air regulators have issued any citations against the plants. At least two of the firms dispute the county's findings. http://www.scpr.org/news/2017/08/07/74439/la-county-tells-4-more-metal-plants-to-curb-chromi/ CLIMATE CHANGE Draft US report says extreme storms driven by climate change. Directly contradicting President Donald Trump, a draft report produced by 13 federal agencies concludes that the United States is already feeling the negative impacts of climate change, with a stark increase in the frequency of heat waves, heavy rains and other extreme weather over the last four decades. https://www.apnews.com/9cf6625bebd3459b98d913ac3b7493cf/Draft-US-report-says-extreme-storms-driven-by-climate-change OTHER RELATED STORIES https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/07/climate/climate-change-drastic-warming-trump.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fclimate&_r=0 http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/08/08/new-federal-report-finds-strong-link-between-climate-change-human-activity-2/ http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/08/08/542223530/u-s-already-feeling-consequences-of-global-warming-draft-report-finds http://miami.cbslocal.com/2017/08/08/climate-change-humans-report-trump/ https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/07/government-document-directly-contradicts-trump-on-climate-change-report-says.html https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/08/08/Federal-report-points-to-human-activity-as-prime-cause-of-climate-change/2051502186688/ http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation-politics/climate-report-full-of-warnings-awaits-president/ http://www.scpr.org/programs/airtalk/2017/08/08/58457/how-would-the-trump-administration-respond-to-the/ A Century of Global Warming, in Just 35 Seconds. A new animation, the "Temperature Circle," shows every nation on the planet is now in the red. Last year, there was the temperature spiral. This year, it’s the temperature circle that’s making the trend of global warming crystal clear. A new video shows the rhythm of global warming for countries around the world, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/a-century-of-global-warming-in-just-35-seconds/ Five takeaways from the federal climate report. The New York Times on Tuesday detailed the conclusions of a major draft government study on climate change — and how scientists are preparing for pushback from President Trump’s administration. The report is part of an effort that 13 federal agencies undertake every four years to report on the state of the climate and climate science. http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/345736-five-takeaways-from-the-federal-climate-report USDA Staff Were Coached Not to Say ‘Climate Change,’ Emails Show. New messaging guidance encourages self-censorship, telling Agriculture Department conservation staff to use ‘weather extremes’ instead. Four days after President Donald Trump took the oath of office, an official at the Department of Agriculture sent an email… https://insideclimatenews.org/news/07082017/usda-trump-ban-words-climate-change-agriculture-conservation-email VEHICLES Electric car maker Faraday Future leases California plant. Electric car maker Faraday Future says it has decided to build vehicles at an existing factory in California. The move comes less than a month after the company scrapped a plan to build a $1 billion factory in Nevada. Faraday said Monday it signed a lease on a 1 million-square-foot (93,000 square meters) factory in Hanford… https://www.apnews.com/a5c8468ffdbb4f9b9def56e1f40ac3e2/Electric-car-maker-Faraday-Future-leases-California-plant California eyes bigger rebates for electric cars. California has far more electric cars and plug-in hybrids plying its roads than any other state — about 300,000 so far. But they’re still just a tiny fraction of auto sales. Now, legislation in Sacramento is designed to juice the market, just as a new generation of long-range electric cars hits showroom floors. A bill from Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, would revamp and expand California’s existing rebate program for people who buy electrics or plug-in hybrids. http://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/California-eyes-bigger-rebates-for-electric-cars-11738226.php EPA to broaden review of tailpipe standards. U.S. EPA is set to announce that it will reconsider vehicle greenhouse gas emission standards for model years 2021 to 2025, a year earlier than previously anticipated, sources told E&E News. President Trump announced in March he would consider lowering the standards following automaker pressure, reversing his predecessor's decision to finalize the targets through 2025. https://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/08/08/stories/1060058530 OPINIONS Nikki Haley: No reason why Trump administration wouldn't accept findings of climate change report. American Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Tuesday she believes the Trump administration would accept the findings of a new report from scientists working for 13 federal agencies documenting the effects of climate change on the U.S. http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/nikki-haley-no-reason-why-trump-administration-wouldnt-accept-findings-of-climate-change-report/article/2630889 In leaking a federal climate change report, scientists send a message to Trump: Global warming is real. A draft federal report on climate change that went public Monday contains little in the way of new science, and although its language is unequivocal, it merely confirms what has been obvious to so many scientists for so long: Human activity is increasing global temperatures, leading to potentially catastrophic climate change. So what’s the news? http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-trump-environment-climate-change-20170808-story.html BLOGS Every breath you take: Air pollution from idling cars puts kids at risk. Drivers who drop off their kids at school should turn off their engines. We think of schools as safe places for children but an invisible hazard is lurking right outside the front door, says a new study from the University of Toronto. Matthew Adams, assistant professor with U of T Mississauga’s department of geography, found that school kiss-and-ride drop-off zones are exposing children to increased levels of air pollution. http://www.enn.com/pollution/article/52083 Trump's Summer Holiday Will Get A Lot Hotter Because Of Climate Change. President Trump’s three-week summer vacation is about to get a lot hotter: Humans are undeniably behind climate change, with the last few decades being the warmest since 1880. That’s a central conclusion from a draft report issued by scientists from 13 federal agencies and one that the Trump administration must still approve… https://www.forbes.com/sites/kensilverstein/2017/08/08/trumps-summer-holiday-will-get-a-lot-hotter-because-of-climate-change/#5725df04f693 Mazda Refuses To Give Up On Internal Combustion, Develops Engine It Says Is 20% More Efficient. Last week at the Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars, Mazda SVP Robert Davis stood in front of the attendees to make the case for flexibility in how we achieve reductions in energy consumption and emissions. A significant portion of Davis’ speech was given over to recounting the history of Mazda and how it has always followed its own innovation path. https://www.forbes.com/sites/samabuelsamid/2017/08/08/mazda-refuses-to-give-up-on-internal-combustion-launching-hcci-in-2019/#4d13eb9a75df