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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.


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:  


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

Tuesday, August 29, 2017, (1:00 – 3:00 pm) Junipero Serra
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
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

Here's what you will find at this One-Stop event: 
• One-on-one compliance assistance (Asistencia en español
• 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     



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.

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

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…

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.

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.


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.


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.





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.

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.

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…


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

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.

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.


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.

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


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.

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…

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.

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