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California Air Resources Board News Clips for June 13, 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 Report: Ventura waste plant plagued with problems. Officials say a much-touted waste processing plant in Ventura County has been plagued with problems and has operated at just 10 percent to 15 percent capacity since opening two years ago. The Ventura County Star reports Sunday that the $10 million biosolids plant at the Toland Road Landfill has failed air emissions tests and has been hobbled by equipment troubles. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/06/12/state/n150047D65.DTL http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jun/12/report-ventura-waste-plant-plagued-with-problems/ http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_18259626?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com&nclick_check=1 http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/jun/12/report-ventura-waste-plant-plagued-with-problems/ http://www.dailynews.com/ci_18259626?IADID=Search-www.dailynews.com-www.dailynews.com http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_18259626?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_18259626?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com&nclick_check=1 http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/06/12/2424470/report-ventura-waste-plant-plagued.html#storylink=misearch http://www.modbee.com/2011/06/12/1729346/report-ventura-waste-plant-plagued.html Fire spewing toxic smoke in Arizona, New Mexico. An eye-stinging, throat-burning haze of smoke spewing from a gigantic wildfire in eastern Arizona is beginning to stretch as far east as central New Mexico, prompting health officials to warn residents as far away as Albuquerque about potential respiratory hazards. The 672-square-mile blaze was no longer just an Arizona problem on Saturday as firefighters moved to counter spot fires sprouting up across the state line and lighting their own fires to beat it back. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/environment/huge-arizona-wildfire-enters-new-mexico-as-it-spews-unhealthy-air-eastward/2011/06/12/AG1HPYRH_story.html http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/06/12/MNT51JSQHM.DTL http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jun/12/huge-az-wildfire-spreads-health-conditions/ http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/jun/11/huge-az-wildfire-spreads-health-conditions-worsen/ http://www.modbee.com/2011/06/11/1727987/huge-az-wildfire-spreads-health.html Cap and trade sparks renewed political debate. California is the leader in the fight against climate change in the United States, instituting groundbreaking measures as the federal government's efforts have floundered. But a central piece of the plan to reduce greenhouse gases is now under fire by an unlikely source: environmentalists in the state. The outcome of the dispute will have national and international implications for combatting climate change. Gov. Jerry Brown, who holds the largest sway in the fracas, has yet to weigh in. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/06/12/MNVT1JQNB3.DTL Australia's Risky Plan on Emissions. Almost a year since former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was ousted by his own party as he tried to introduce a controversial mining tax, his successor, Julia Gillard, risks the same fate. She is pushing for a tariff on greenhouse gases and an emissions-trading system that she hopes will shrink the nation's disproportionately big carbon footprint. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303714704576381281541431192.html?KEYWORDS=fuels Another Climate Change Concern: Indoor Air. Add another one to the list of unintended consequences. As we try to button up our workplaces and homes for better energy efficiency, we may be creating or exacerbating other problems. Sure, it saves on heat and air-conditioning to seal leaks. But if there's a damp and moldy basement, or radon seepage, those problems could worsen. Indeed, officials in this region, where radon is a problem, recommend retesting for radon if a home's air leaks are sealed significantly. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/06/13/3696586/another-climate-change-concern.html#storylink=misearch East Contra Costa transit agency fined for emissions violation. The agency that runs East Contra Costa's bus service has been fined $17,000 by the state for not complying with diesel-emissions standards. The Eastern Contra Costa Transit Authority has paid the fine, agreed to several terms, including sending employees to training classes, and has since complied with state standards, said Steve Ponte, Tri Delta Transit chief operating officer. The Air Resources Board monitors the emissions of transit companies and requires them to report their emissions every year, spokeswoman Karen Caesar said. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_18247654?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_18247654?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_18247654?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com INLAND: Air quality officials outline 20-year clean-air strategy. Most Southern California workers recharge their cars at night to handle the morning commute. Rooftops just about everywhere harness solar power. And trains and trucks tap power from electrical grids installed below railroad tracks and freeway lanes. These and other changes that would require more electricity and clean air sources to move goods and people in Southern California are now the official vision and goal of regional and state air quality and planning agencies. Posted. http://www.pe.com/localnews/stories/PE_News_Local_D_future11.2c935b2.html CLIMATE CHANGE Small nations pledge carbon neutrality; big ones haggle over Kyoto future. Ethiopia, a country that has become nearly synonymous with famine and poverty, has pledged carbon-neutral growth by 2025. Fiji, Cook Islands and more than two dozen other small island nations with what one diplomat called "a truly, truly negligible share of emissions" have banded together to increase energy efficiency and develop renewable energy alternatives. And Vietnam, where the Mekong Delta area will be one of the world's hardest hit by climate change, aims to reduce about 516 million tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions by 2030. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2011/06/13/3/ FUELS D.O.E. Grants $83 Million To Biofuels Startups (Not One Of Them In Silicon Valley). Maybe it’s just a biofuels thing this year, but it seems like the feds are giving cleantech grant money to companies and institutions that are based anywhere but in the nation’s capital of venture capital. The U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced six recipients of $36 million in total grant funding via the Department of Energy’s Biomass Program on Friday. That non-dilutive funding went to organizations working to make the production of “drop-in” biofuels and plant-based chemicals better, and to ultimately bring affordable alternatives to petroleum-based products mainstream in the U.S. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/doe-grants-83-million-to-biofuels-startups-not-one-of-them-in-silicon-valley/2011/06/13/AGNKK8SH_story.html 1st natural gas fueling station opens in Nebraska. Nebraska has opened its first natural gas fueling station, and two more are expected to be in operation soon. The Metropolitan Utilities District unveiled the first station Friday afternoon at I-80 Fuel in Omaha, which already offers unleaded and diesel fuel. The Omaha-based utility is scheduled to open a second station in Omaha in July, and the Lincoln Airport Authority is planning one that will open in August. "As more individuals and businesses look to alternative sources of energy, natural gas makes sense," said MUD board chairman David Friend. "It is clean, abundant and American." Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jun/11/1st-natural-gas-fueling-station-opens-in/ US gas is artificially cheap: What we don't pay for at the pump. California has some of the dirtiest air in the nation. Consequently, it has some of the strictest rules for gasoline, meaning it burns cleaner than it does in many other states. But cleaner fuels are more expensive. Clean air requirements, combined with supply and refining constraints, make the price of California gas consistently among the highest in the nation. Turmoil in the Middle East is another factor that pushes up the global price of crude oil. Even though the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas in California fluctuates around $4, some experts argue that $4 a gallon is much less than the real cost. Posted. http://californiawatch.org/dailyreport/us-gas-artificially-cheap-what-we-dont-pay-pump-10692 VEHICLES Electric, if Not Electrifying: Cars for Short-Range Commutes. Is there a need for a new breed of tiny gas-free commuter cars that match the old stereotypes of electric vehicles — that they are puny, plasticky and incapable of going very far? In recent weeks I’ve driven three such vehicles, all smaller and less substantial than the well-publicized Nissan Leaf, an electric compact, and Chevrolet Volt, a plug-in hybrid with a gasoline engine to back up its batteries Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/12/automobiles/autoreviews/12ELECTRIC.html?_r=1&scp=4&sq=vehicles&st=cse# Nissan Aggravates Customers Attempting to Turn New Leaf: Cars. Nissan Motor Co. is aggravating the customers it needs most. Nissan, which wants to become the top seller of electric cars, repeatedly delayed deliveries to some U.S. buyers who reserved the first 20,000 Leaf plug-in hatchbacks, according to interviews with customers. They said Nissan unexpectedly dropped some from the waiting list temporarily, asking that they reapply if they couldn't prove they'd arranged installation of home- charging units that can cost more than $2,000. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/06/13/bloomberg1376-LMLKH00UQVI901-3QLO7KDMF6S089FGGDFU7JSOGA.DTL Ford to introduce hybrid minivan. Ford Motor Co. said Thursday that it plans to introduce a smaller, five-passenger hatchback minivan as either a hybrid or a plug-in hybrid, canceling plans to re-enter the traditional minivan onto the market in the United States. Called the C-Max, the automobile is Ford's first hybrid-only model in North America. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2011/06/13/9/ GREEN ENERGY Obama admin launches campaign to help states, utilities deploy smart grid projects. Obama administration officials, joined by electric power industry executives and state regulators, will unveil a new campaign today to push deployment of smart grid and clean energy technologies. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, head the administration officials at today's conference. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2011/06/13/2/ Manure Entreprenuer Turns Dairy Waste into Green Energy. SEATTLE -- The back end of a cow provides the front end of the green-energy business that Kevin Maas is slowly expanding in Western Washington and Oregon. With missionary zeal, he and his brother Daryl build modest electricity-producing projects that help family-owned dairy farms preserve their key role in the agricultural ecosystem. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/06/13/3696439/manure-entrepreneur-turns-dairy.html#storylink=misearch HEMET: Workshops to teach about solar, wind power. Mt. San Jacinto College will be conducting solar and wind workshops this month for Hemet Unified School District students to help provide awareness of "green" technology careers in renewable energy, a growing and innovative field. Participants will be exposed to solar and wind energy and electricity fundamentals, and to the MSJC Solar/Wind/Manufacturing Employee Concentration Certificates. Posted. http://www.pe.com/localnews/hemet/stories/PE_News_Local_E_egreen12.432d8ca.html MISCELLANEOUS NM site called model for nuclear waste disposal. A half-mile under the flat, scrubby desert in southeastern New Mexico, a warren of rectangular chambers is chiseled into a 250 million-year-old salt formation. For the last dozen years, forklifts have been filling these tombs with radioactive waste left over from the country's efforts to build nuclear bombs. Sometime this year, the 10,000th shipment will arrive at the Waste Isolation Pilot Program, or WIPP, sealed in steel casks the size of elephants on the back of a flatbed truck hailing from one of 10 government nuclear development sites around the country. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/06/12/national/a210144D00.DTL http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_18260968?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com http://www.dailynews.com/ci_18260968?IADID=Search-www.dailynews.com-www.dailynews.com http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_18260968?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_18260968?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.modbee.com/2011/06/12/1729707/nm-site-called-model-for-nuclear.html NRC chief in hot seat for scrapping work on dump. In the two years that Gregory Jaczko has led the nation's independent nuclear agency, his actions to delay, hide and kill work on a disputed dump for high-level radioactive waste have been called "bizarre," `'unorthodox" and "illegal." These harsh critiques haven't come just from politicians who have strong views in favor of the Yucca Mountain waste site in Nevada. They've come from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's own scientists and a former agency chairman. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/govt-and-politics/article_23cde63e-3b1e-5b8f-bfbc-70cc5ddfac16.html SAN BERNARDINO: Dump pump, take bus -- for free. With the economic recession hanging on and gas prices still around $4 per gallon, Omnitrans urges commuters to "Dump the Pump" and ride the bus for free on Thursday. Omnitrans joins public transportation systems nationwide in the sixth annual Dump the Pump Day, sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association. Posted. http://www.pe.com/localnews/sbcounty/stories/PE_News_Local_N_ndumppump11.38e5942.html OPINION America Needs the Shale Revolution. The U.S. is on the verge of an industrial renaissance if—and it's a big if—policy makers don't foul it up by restricting the ability of drillers to use the technology that's making a renaissance possible: hydraulic fracturing. The shale drilling boom now underway in Texas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma and other states is already creating jobs, slashing natural-gas prices, and spurring billions of dollars of investment in new production capacity for critical commodities like steel and petrochemicals. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304432304576369140191493636.html?KEYWORDS=greKEYWORDS%3Dgreen+energy When wind and solar power don't add up. In April, Gov. Jerry Brown made headlines by signing into law an ambitious mandate that requires California to obtain one-third of its electricity from renewable energy sources like sunlight and wind by 2020. Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia now have renewable electricity mandates. President Obama and several members of Congress have supported one at the federal level. Posted. http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20110612/WIRE/110619929 BLOGS Saving Electricity on a Philadelphia Subway Line. Subway trains need a lot of electricity to get going, turning electricity into kinetic energy, the energy of movement. When they pull into a station, many of them can do the opposite: generate electricity from their momentum. They turn their motors into generators to slow the train, producing current. But in many systems, some of that energy goes to waste because of a bottleneck: the third rail, which carries current to the train, cannot handle as much energy as the train is generating during deceleration. Too much current pushes up the voltage, and when the voltage gets too high, the electricity is dissipated by running it through a piece of metal that converts it into heat. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/13/batteries-will-save-juice-on-a-philadelphia-commuter-line/?scp=2&sq=green%20energy&st=cse Is natural gas becoming a cover for the same old dirty fossil fuels industry? One of the great ironies of the transition to renewable energy is that it's going to require a great deal of fossil fuels to build all those wind turbines, solar panels, and smart grids -- because we simply don't have enough renewables already in the mix to bootstrap them up to the level we need to continue even a semblance of our 21st century civilization. So why not make that transition with the "cleanest" fossil fuel available, goes the argument -- namely, natural gas. Posted. http://www.grist.org/list/2011-06-13-is-natural-gas-becoming-a-cover-for-the-same-old-dirty-foss Obama administration to put $250 million towards smart grid. As exciting as alternative energy is, all the wind turbines in the world are not going to replace dirty energy unless the power they generate can get to consumers. That requires a better, smarter power grid than the U.S. has now. The Obama administration has been reasonably supportive of that goal, packing $4.5 billion for improving the grid into the stimulus bill back in 2009. Posted. http://www.grist.org/list/2011-06-13-obama-administration-to-put-250-million-towards-smart-grid California Legislature Fueling the Future of Electric Vehicles. The Obama administration’s well-publicized goal of 1M electric vehicles on U.S. roads by the year 2015 is heavily dependent upon the adoption rate of such vehicles in California – an assertion supported by a variety of studies from various stakeholders. The California Energy Commission estimates 1.5M electric vehicles could be on state roads by 2020. Additionally, a recent study published by Pike Research determined that Los Angeles will lead the way in the purchase of electric vehicles from both fleet and consumer perspectives. Posted. http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/06/california-legislature-fueling-future-electric-vehicles/