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California Air Resources Board News Clips for May 12, 2011. 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. AIR POLLUTION Sacramento Region Likely To Pass One-Hour Ozone Standard, EPA Says. It’s taken years, but the Sacramento region is on the verge of meeting a key federal clean air hurdle. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials say they likely will rule next month that Sacramento has met the Clean Air Act's critical one-hour ozone standard, nearly six years after the original federal deadline. The region, long troubled by hazy skies, has struggled to meet U.S. standards, in part because of local topography. Air pressure traps pollution in the Valley at the edge of the foothills for extended periods. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/05/12/3620923/sacramento-region-likely-to-pass.html http://www.modbee.com/2011/05/12/1684916/sacramento-region-likely-to-pass.html S.J. Adds 4th Air Monitor Station. Manteca - Students gasping for air as they run the track at Sierra High School can now get hour-by-hour information about exactly how clean - or how dirty - that air is. Air quality officials have constructed San Joaquin County's fourth air monitoring station, a high-tech and unmanned system of machines in a nondescript building tucked into a corner of the south county campus. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110512/A_NEWS/105120323/-1/NEWSMAP&template=printart http://www.mantecabulletin.com/news/article/23363/ http://www.kcra.com/news/27854594/detail.html Yolo County, Sacramento Getting More Fresh Air - But Not Fresh Enough. Improvements are outpacing population growth, report says. Take a deep breath. Chances are you're breathing cleaner air than Yolo County or Sacramento residents have inhaled in decades -- and it looks like it's getting better, thanks to state regulations. But the air is still shy of the EPA requirements -- and local officials are traveling as far as Washington to lobby against possible changes to transportation funds that could follow after years of air quality violations. Posted. http://www.dailydemocrat.com/news/ci_18048011 SAN BERNARDINO: Rail Yard Pollution Is More Toxic Than In Other Areas. Research by UCLA scientists is finding more bad news about the air near the busy BNSF rail yard in southwest San Bernardino. Compared to areas next to two other major Southern California rail yards, the air near the San Bernardino yard is more toxic, said John Froines, a UCLA environmental health sciences professor and nationally known expert in fine-particle pollution. Froines announced his findings Wednesday to members of an Inland task force dedicated to solving environmental problems. Posted. http://www.pe.com/localnews/stories/PE_News_Local_D_railair12.3ed5560.html EPA Agrees To Rethink Parts Of New Cement Kiln. U.S. EPA announced yesterday that it will reconsider some aspects of its new standards on hazardous air pollution from cement plants, but it won't delay the regulations as the cement industry had asked. Both cement companies and environmental groups had filed petitions asking EPA to take another look at the regulations, which will limit the amount of toxic emissions that cement kilns are allowed to release into the air. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/05/12/2 CLIMATE CHANGE Sierra Club Challenges Governor On Cap-And-Trade. A leading environmental group has called on Gov. Jerry Brown to take another look at the cap-and-trade rule adopted by the Air Resources Board late last year, saying it doesn't go far enough to meet standards set by the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In a letter sent Monday, Sierra Club Director Bill Magavern says the rule change approved at the end of former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's term "has some serious flaws that will limit its effectiveness in reducing emissions and gen- erating green jobs…Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/05/12/v-print/3620885/sierra-club-challenges-governor.html Public Doubts on Climate Change Delay Urgent Action, Report Says. Public misconceptions of climate change have thwarted urgently needed U.S. efforts to reduce emissions blamed for global warming, according to a report from the National Research Council of the National Academies. The media sometimes present aspects of climate change that are well-established as if they were “matters of serious debate,” according to the report released today in Washington. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2011-05-12/public-doubts-on-climate-change-delay-urgent-action-report-says.html Panel Says US Must Act Now To Curb Global Warming. Washington -- An expert panel asked by Congress to recommend ways to deal with global warming said Thursday that the U.S. should not wait to reduce the pollution responsible and any efforts to delay action would be shortsighted. But that's exactly what Republicans and some Democrats in Congress are trying to do. With a majority in the House and many freshman lawmakers skeptical of the science behind climate change, Republicans are pushing measures to block the federal government from controlling greenhouse gases. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/05/12/3622297/panel-says-us-must-act-now-to.html FUELS AE Biofuels Re-Starts 55 Million Gallon Per Year Ethanol Production Facility In Keyes, California. CUPERTINO, CalifAE Biofuels, Inc. (OTC:AEBF), a global advanced biofuels company, today announced its wholly owned ethanol subsidiary AE Advanced Fuels Keyes, Inc. (AE Keyes) has restarted operations at the 55 million gallon per year ethanol production facility located in Keyes, California. Approximately 50 full time employees have been hired at the AE Keyes facility. Posted. http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20110512005506/en/AE-Biofuels-Re-Starts-55-Million-Gallon-Year Federal Subsidies Have Limited Impact On Record Corn Prices – Study. New economic modeling shows that ethanol isn't responsible for huge run-ups in corn prices over the past several years, according to researchers who instead point to weather, the recession and general commodity price increases as major cost drivers. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/05/12/6 GREEN ENERGY Eight North Bay Small Businesses Recognized As ‘Climate-Smart’. Eight North Bay companies were among 23 small businesses the California Air Resources Board recognized Tuesday at its second CoolCalifornia.org Small Business Award ceremony for “climate-smart actions.” The award-winners were selected from 85 applicants. Criteria were actions taken to save money and improve operations, facilities and practices while reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. Posted. http://www.northbaybusinessjournal.com/33761/eight-north-bay-small-businesses-recognized-as-climate-smart/?tc=ar Small Businesses Honored For Keeping California Cool. Cool California honored two small businesses in San Diego for taking green actions that reduce their business' impact on the climate. The Small Business Awards were given to 23 companies that do business in cities throughout California on Tuesday, May 3. Recon Recycling LLC in the city and Telework Research Network in Carlsbad were given two of the nine certificates of recognition awarded at the California Environmental Protection Agency headquarters in Sacramento. Posted. http://www.examiner.com/public-policy-in-san-diego/small-businesses-awarded-for-keeping-california-cool Lafitte Cork & Capsule, Silverado Brewing Company win awards. The California Air Resources Board awarded Lafitte Cork & Capsule a CoolCalifornia Small Business Award at a ceremony recently held in Sacramento. The company installed efficient lighting and Energy Star appliances. Lafitte Cork & Capsule, a supplier of premium cork, sells to wineries across North America. Posted. http://napavalleyregister.com/business/article_601ae3c8-7a9a-11e0-83d7-001cc4c002e0.html Small Businesses Recognized for Climate-Smart-Efforts....23 top small businesses saved money, cut climate impact. The 23 award winners were selected from 85 competitive applicants, representing a variety of business sectors. These businesses took an array of actions to save money and improve their operations, facilities and practices while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Steps taken include installation of compact fluorescent lights, solar panels and energy-efficient computer servers; elimination of toxins and solvents; use of eco-friendly products; and, adding automated thermostats and lighting fixtures. Posted. http://thepinetree.net/index.php?module=announce&ANN_user_op=view&ANN_id=24554 Sustainability award to NatureWorks. Tamalpais NatureWorks was recognized as a Cool California 2010 small business by the California Air Resources Board on May 3, in Sacramento. A certificate of recognition was awarded for the company’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including recycling, natural resource conservation, zero-waste initiatives and the production of sustainable furniture, using wood salvaged from new construction sites, building deconstruction projects and felled trees. Posted. http://marinscope.com/articles/2011/05/11/news_pointer/news/community/doc4dcb2751e4c87757512665.txt California's Installed Renewable Energy Numbers May Surprise You. If asked what type of renewable energy is most prevalent in California, most would choose solar or wind, but in reality, those two forms of renewable energy aren't even close. Instead, the current California champion for renewable energy is geothermal, followed by small hydro. Say what? As an example, on Wednesday May 4, 2011, geothermal energy production in California was 23,980 MWh, followed by small hydro with 13,210, then wind at 10,166. Posted. http://caivn.org/article/2011/05/12/californias-installed-renewable-energy-numbers-may-surprise-you MISCELLANEOUS New Precedent: Pollution Permits For Fireworks. Regional pollution regulators have drawn up rules for fireworks shot over waterways in an attempt to satisfy the Clean Water Act. Regional pollution regulators have drawn up rules for fireworks shot over waterways in an attempt to satisfy the Clean Water Act. San Diego regional regulators on Wednesday became the first in the country to require a pollution permit for all fireworks shot over water, and federal officials signaled their intent to consider similar rules nationwide. Posted. http://signonsandiego.printthis.clickability.com/pt/cpt?expire=&title=New+precedent%3A+Pollution+permits+for+fireworks+-+SignOnSanDiego.com&urlID=452713172&action=cpt&partnerID=86541&fb=Y&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.signonsandiego.com%2Fnews%2F2011%2Fmay%2F11%2Ffireworks-under-fire-across-county%2F LAPD Receives Two Electric Hybrid Bicycles For Street Patrols. The Los Angeles Police Department is now the proud owner of two hybrid electric bicycles that officers can use on bike patrol. Chatsworth-based Currie Technologies has donated two electric hybrid bicycles to the Los Angeles Police Department. "The biggest thing that these electric bikes do on the street for the officers is afford them the power to stay with conventional road bikes," said Sgt. Matthew Bygum, ...Posted. http://www.scpr.org/news/2011/05/11/ebikes-lapd/ OPINION Dan Morain: Pious Prius Owner Can't Give Up Life In Fast Lane. John Burton has left fingerprints everywhere in the Capitol. Maybe, they're his tread marks. The California Democratic Party chairman and former state Senate leader loves his old blue Prius. It gets 45 miles to a gallon on the ride from his home in San Francisco to Sacramento. More to the point, his Prius, like those driven by many of his friends and donors, has a yellow sticker, the coveted decal issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles that permits him to cruise in carpool lanes while the rest of us stop, go and get stuck in traffic. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/05/12/3620609/pious-prius-owner-cant-give-up.html#mi_rss=Opinion BLOGS Sierra Club Asks Jerry Brown To Reassess Cap-And-Trade Rule. A leading environmental group has called on Gov. Jerry Brown to take another look at the cap-and-trade rule adopted by the Air Resources Board late last year, saying the regulation doesn't go far enough to meet the standards set by the state's 2006 greenhouse gas emission reduction law. Posted. http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2011/05/sierra-club-jerry-brown-cap-and-trade.html#ixzz1M9guWUzu http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/05/california-cap-and-trade-sierra-club.html http://blogs.kqed.org/climatewatch/2011/05/11/sierra-club-challenges-governor-on-cap-trade/ CalSTRS Weighs Risk on Investment in Methyl Iodide Manufacturer. When California State Teachers’ Retirement System Chief Investment Officer Christopher Ailman meets with representatives from Permira IV in New York next week, he’ll be talking about the unrest among teachers when it comes to investments in the fund that’s paid for developing the controversial fumigant methyl iodide. “They are aware there’s a growing concern,” he says. “Concern” doesn’t necessarily mean divesting or hedging against the nearly $1 billion CalSTRS has committed to the private equity fund …Posted. http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/weblogs/news-blog/2011/may/11/calstrs-weighs-risk-on-investment-in-methyl-iodide/