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newsclips -- CARB Newsclips for August 28, 2017.

Posted: 28 Aug 2017 15:52:10
CARB Newsclips for August 28, 2017. 
This is a service of the California Air Resources Board’s Office
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The Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) will conduct a public
meeting at the time and place noted below to consider updates to
ARB’s Enforcement Policy. 

DATE:			September 28, 2017
TIME:			9:00 a.m.
LOCATION: 	California Environmental Protection Agency
                      Air Resources Board
                      Byron Sher Auditorium, 2nd Floor
                      1001 I Street
                      Sacramento, California 95814
The draft Enforcement Policy may also be obtained from ARB’s
website at:


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     



Gold Line extension to Montclair could get cap-and-trade funding.
The project has a $280 million funding gap. A group of Los
Angeles area officials requested last week that $280 million in
state cap-and-trade dollars be used to complete Metro’s Gold Line
extension to Montclair. Work on the 12.3-mile rail project is
expected to get underway in October, but it faces a significant
funding gap.


Climate change program at center of GOP feud raises hundreds of
millions more. While Republican leaders were working to sack
Assembly member Chad Mayes for his role in passing landmark
climate change legislation, California businesses were snapping
up greenhouse-gas pollution permits in the state's quarterly


‘Excessive’ heat anticipated Sunday, Monday in much of Bay Area;
air quality advisory issued. The National Weather Service is
warning of “excessive heat” Sunday and Monday in most parts of
the Bay Area that aren’t adjacent to the coast, officials said
Saturday. Temperatures along the shoreline are expected to reach
between 85 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit, with the East Bay valleys…

Spare the Air Alert in effect on Monday. A Spare the Air Alert is
in effect for the Bay Area on Monday. What are Spare the Air
days? Air quality in the Bay Area can be unhealthy at times
throughout the year. During the summer months, ozone pollution
can become a health problem in the Bay Area. The summertime Spare
the Air program notifies residents when air quality is forecast
to be unhealthy…

High heat, smog hold sway for 3rd straight day across East Bay,
valley regions. Triple-digit temperatures and dirty, stagnant air
prompted officials Saturday to issue the eighth air pollution
alert of the summer for Sunday across the greater Bay Area. The
primary culprit is ozone – or smog. It’s the second such
pollution alert in as many days from the Bay Area Air Quality
Management District and includes a large swath of…

Air pollution could spike with back to school traffic. The San
Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is hoping motorists
can undertake some practices that will help keep air pollution
levels from rising during the back to school period. With school
back in session the Valley Air District is asking the public to
reduce vehicle emissions by carpooling or walking their children…

Air quality ‘Unhealthy’ during day. With fires raging to the
north and winds driving smoke to the south, the Lake County Air
Quality Management District issued an air quality alert on
Thursday. District director Douglas Gearhart graded air in the
county Unhealthy to Hazardous for several hours before upgrading
it to Moderate in the afternoon. The momentary downgrade results
from ultra-fine particulates…

American Heart Association reports Air pollution linked to
Cardiovascular Disease; Air Purifiers may lessen impact. Exposure
to high levels of air pollution increased stress hormone levels
and negative metabolic changes in otherwise healthy, young adults
in a recent study conducted in China. Air purifiers appeared to
lessen the negative effects…

Reducing the Mon Valley "stink". The Pittsburgh region too often
still has an oily, sulfuric, industrial “stink,” and tougher
regulation is needed to reign in the unhealthy malodors, said
Mark Dixon, who testified at an Allegheny County Health
Department hearing last week on permit changes at coke and steel
making facilities in the Mon Valley.

The European Union is Losing Its Way on Climate Change. New EU
rules agreed on 31 July mean Europe’s 3000 large combustion power
plants – coal burning for the most part – will have to cut
pollutants such as nitrogen oxide, mercury and particulate matter
by 2021. But this is not as good news as it seems. Eighty-two per
cent of the EU’s coal-fired plants are estimated to be
non-compliant, emitting excessive levels of pollutants.


SoCal Gas twice emitted too much methane since reopening Aliso
Canyon. In the month since Southern California Gas Company got
the green light to refill its underground gas storage field near
Porter Ranch, it has put unacceptable levels of gas into the
atmosphere on at least two separate occasions, state regulators
said. The Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility was the site…


Key senator vows to block California climate deal that would aid
polluters. An irritated chairman of a state Senate Budget
subcommittee says he intends to thwart a recent move by the state
Air Resources Board that could give California’s biggest
polluters a cushion of more than $300 million. In a sharp rebuke
of the board, Sen. Bob Wieckowski Thursday hearing that he’ll
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Insurers count cost of Harvey and growing risk from climate
change. Damages from Hurricane Harvey's ravaging of Houston and
the Texas Gulf Coast are estimated to be well below those from
the major storms that hit New Orleans and New York in recent
years, insurance executives have said. Though insurers should
swallow the claims easily, given that there have been relatively
few natural disasters…

Climate change seen as cause for mudslide in Switzerland. The
effects of climate change are partially to blame for a mudslide
through a southeastern village that left eight people missing
after a massive chunk of rock broke off an Alpine mountainside,
Switzerland's environmental protection office said Monday.

US Energy Agency Asked Scientists to Scrub References to Climate
Change. Researchers were told to censor descriptions of projects
funded by a Department of Energy laboratory. Multiple researchers
who received grants from the US Department of Energy (DOE) have
been asked to remove references to “climate change” and “global
warming” from the descriptions of their projects.

Researchers study ice to learn about wildfire. With the recent
occurrence of wildfires on the rise, researchers at the Desert
Research Institute in Reno may have uncovered important data in
understanding how human-caused climate change compares with what
the Earth was like thousands of years ago.

Boomtown, Flood Town. Climate change will bring more frequent and
fierce rainstorms to cities like Houston. But unchecked
development remains a priority in the famously un-zoned city,
creating short-term economic gains for some while increasing
flood risks for everyone. For the third time in eight years,
water gushed into Virginia Hammond’s northwest Houston home. It
was 2 a.m. on April 18.


CAP-California water deal that Arizona nixed provokes ongoing
conflict. A newly disclosed memo from that year, written by a CAP
attorney, characterized the proposal as a sale of some of
Arizona’s Colorado River water to the giant, six-county
Metropolitan Water District in Southern California. Such a sale
would be controversial in Arizona…


POLB Sets New Records in Pollution Reductions. The Port of Long
Beach (POLB) informed it notched clean air records in its latest
study of air pollution emissions, including an 88 percent
reduction in diesel particulate matter, continuing more than a
decade of air quality improvements. The inventory, conducted by
an independent consultant, found the port’s actions to cut
pollution have decreased diesel particulate…



Audi, shaken by emissions scandal, reshuffles management board.
Volkswagen’s (VOWG_p.DE) premium carmaker Audi (NSUG.DE)
announced its biggest management reshuffle in years on Monday as
it seeks a fresh start in the aftermath of the diesel emissions
scandal. Audi, which is the biggest contributor of profits to VW,
said it was replacing finance Chief Axel Strotbek…

Should California spend $3 billion to help people buy electric
cars? Over seven years, the state of California has spent $449
million on consumer rebates to boost sales of zero-emission
vehicles. So far, the subsidies haven’t moved the needle much. In
2016, of the just over 2 million cars sold in the state, only
75,000 were pure-electric and plug-in hybrid cars.

Audi diesel: another shoe drops as top VW Group execs implicated.
It has been nearly two years since Volkswagen came clean and
admitted its "clean diesel" engines were actually quite dirty. In
2015, a VW engineer admitted the TDI diesel cars sold in the U.S.
since 2009 were outfitted with "defeat device" software that let
them pass emission tests…


How farmers convinced scientists to take climate change
seriously. Rural Americans once led the fight to link extreme
weather like Hurricane Harvey and human activity. What changed?
The path of Harvey’s destruction cut through some of the rural
communities least likely to believe in human-caused climate
change. But not long ago, these very same rural communities
contained the most fervent believers…

States Dare to Think Big on Climate Change. The one bright spot
amid the generally gloomy news about climate change, and the
Trump administration’s resistance to doing anything about it, is
the determination of a number of state governments to take action
on their own. California, as usual, has commanded the headlines
on this score, having just strengthened its commitment to
reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Cap-and-trade + Confederate statues + Housing + Parkway +
Homeless + Poetry.
Clean diesel. Re “What California should really do with
cap-and-trade windfall,” Editorials, Aug. 23): The Sacramento Bee
editorial board’s endorsement of carbon cap-and-trade funds for
transportation is diminished by antiquated perceptions of diesel

Power of Choice - Size matters in energy business. Is it too late
to stop global warming? We’re not sure, but this is not a drill.
Our climate and our planet are too important for us to simply
stand by as atmospheric warming poses ever-greater risks. We need
a carbon-free future sustained by clean and renewable energy from
solar, wind and geothermal farms — not coal mines and oil wells…

Our view: Cap and trade program shows power of markets.
California’s experiment with a market-based solution to reduce
carbon emissions took a step toward becoming a reality Aug. 22,
when the latest round of bidding for cap-and-trade permits went
off without a hitch. In fact, the permit auction drew close to $1
billion, creating perhaps as much as $640 million in revenue for
the state.

Did Climate Change Intensify Hurricane Harvey? “The human
contribution can be up to 30 percent or so of the total rainfall
coming out of the storm.” Every so often, the worst-case scenario
comes to pass. As of Sunday afternoon, the remnants of Hurricane
Harvey seem likely to exceed the worst forecasts that preceded
the storm.

A Hotter Climate Could Make You Sick. The health effects of a
warming planet are already being felt. Leaving aside the debate
over who or what is to blame, 16 of the 17 hottest years on
record have occurred since 2001 – and 2016 was the hottest ever.
While the consequences of melting ice caps or vanishing species
may seem remote, the health effects of a warming planet…

Trump’s climate change denial will be tested by Houston’s
devastation. Hurricanes are nothing new but the US has seen two
of its worst storms ever in a little over a decade. Images of
America's fourth largest city under several feet of water are a
reminder that not even the richest country on earth is immune to
the effects of extreme weather. Nearly half a million of
Houston's residents have been directly affected…

Hurricane Harvey is America's climate future. Hurricane Harvey
pummeled southern Texas all weekend, causing apocalyptic
flooding. Worse, several more days of torrential rainfall are in
the cards, as Harvey is predicted to slowly wander slightly back
out to sea and then make landfall again in a day or two. Several
deaths have already been confirmed, and forecasters estimate
there will be up to 50 inches of rain in the worst-hit areas.

This Is What Climate Change Sounds Like. One of the best
instruments scientists can use to map climate change is roughly
the size of a thumb—and adorable. The humble tree frog (genus
Hyla) has proliferated from Florida to Alaska, yet it’s a
delicate critter. Its disappearance from a habitat is an early
warning that the place is becoming deforested, drier, or simply

Tiny pests eating New Jersey's pines march north as climate
changes, report says. Love the warmer winters we’ve been
enjoying? So does the southern pine beetle, a rice-grain-sized
pest that has munched through New Jersey’s pine forests and could
be a harbinger of climate change, according to a new study. Using
the Garden State as a barometer, researchers from Columbia

NIH Institute Purges References To Climate Change, But Not Very
Well. Last week, one of NIH's institutes, the National Institute
for Environmental and Health Sciences (NIEHS), did something
rather mysterious. The institute purged references to climate
change on its website by replacing the phrase "climate change"
with "climate."

Stop blaming the Sun for global warming. The Earth is getting
warmer and warmer, and scientists are now essentially unanimous
in their opinion that humans are to blame, but could other
factors also be contributing? A new study looked closely at
whether or not our sun could also being playing a role in how hot
it’s getting here on our planet.


Californians benefit from continuous pollution monitoring at oil
and gas sites. Since the 1892 discovery of oil in California, the
oil and gas industry has been a major economic engine and energy
supplier for the state. Although this oil and gas production may
be broken down into dollars and barrels, it doesn’t tell the
story of the potential impact of drilling activity on the lives
of the people in Los Angeles and the Central Valley…

Learning from Thirty Years of Experience with Cap-and-Trade
Systems. “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to
repeat it.” The implication of this famous line (often misquoted
as “those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it”) from
philosopher George Santayana’s 1905 book, The Life of Reason,
Volume I – Reason in Common Sense, is that we are wise to learn
from our mistakes. 

How much is climate change behind the Hurricane Harvey flooding
in Houston? Over the past week we have seen two major tropical
storms devastate different parts of the world. First Typhoon Hato
struck Hong Kong and Southern China, killing at least a dozen
people. And over the weekend Hurricane Harvey…

Scientists Identify Cheaper, Greener Catalyst for Biofuels
Processing. Fuels that are made from non-petroleum-based
biological sources could soon become greener and more affordable,
as a result of the research performed at the University of
Illinois’ Prairie Research Institute that analyzes the use of a
processing catalyst created from palladium metal and bacteria.
Biofuels are produced from renewable materials such as…

How global warming likely made Harvey much worse, explained by a
climatologist. Here’s what the science can tell us. Did global
warming make the Houston floods worse? It’s a question that a lot
of people are asking after the devastation caused by Hurricane
Harvey. Renowned climatologist Michael E. Mann on Sunday provided
some answers. The short version: It’s unclear if global warming…

Is Global Warming Going To Create An Urban Rat Population
Explosion? Of all of the possible impacts of a warming climate,
one that’s probably not considered too often is the potential for
an enormous explosion in the number of urban rats throughout many
parts of the world. That’s unfortunate, though, as the potential
is certainly there for urban rats to become an enormous problem…

SF’s Muni was fined $220K by state for blowing off emissions
requirements. It feels like Muni is under a cloud of late. One of
its own making. This week Mission Local revealed that the
agency’s new diesel-electric hybrid buses are operating without a
pollution control program that has been par for the municipal
transit course since the 1980s.

stewardship drives Opus Inspection to create technology for a
cleaner, safer world. Auto industry vet Sandra McCulloch believes
in the power of processes. “Some of the things you learn in the
auto industry are the importance of robust processes, strong
problem solving, the need for continuous improvement… 

Why We Need to Kick Our Foolish Ethanol Addiction. Corn-producing
states love the federal mandate to add it to motor fuels, but it
no longer makes sense — if it ever did. Bad news arrives slowly
to some U.S. political circles. The failure of the federal
Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program to achieve its policy goals
over the past decade is one of the slowest awakenings in recent

Substitution of gasoline for ethanol in dual-fuel vehicles
increases level of polluting nanoparticles. When ethanol prices
at the pump rise for whatever reason, it becomes economically
advantageous for drivers of dual-fuel vehicles to fill up with
gasoline. However, the health of the entire population pays a
high price: substitution of gasoline for ethanol leads to a 30%
increase in the atmospheric concentration of ultrafine
particulate matter…


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