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California Air Resources Board News Clips for June 30, 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 EPA To Approve Air Cleanup For 2 Calif. Regions. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday it will approve plans and extend the deadline to clean up the soot-laden air in California's San Joaquin Valley and the Los Angeles region after threatening to reject the same plans last fall. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/06/29/1754886/epa-to-approve-air-clean-up-for.html http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_18379188 http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_18379188 http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_18379188 http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jun/29/epa-to-approve-air-clean-up-for-2-calif-regions/ http://www.nctimes.com/news/state-and-regional/article_95bbade5-d1f0-56a9-b5f8-1ae42458cf45.html U.S. Environmentalists Back EU Emission Plan. U.S. environmental groups are attacking the Obama administration's opposition to the European Union's plan to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes, arguing Washington is reneging on its commitment to fight global warming. American diplomats last week for the first time presented EU officials with formal U.S. objections to the 27-country bloc's plan to regulate airline emissions at talks in Oslo. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303763404576415811045381974.html?mod=WSJ_WSJ_US_News_5 Residential CO2 Detector Law Taking Effect. In recent weeks, Brandon Ruscoe has bought about 100 battery-operated carbon monoxide alarms for the 100 or so homes he takes care of for Yosemite Property Management. He bought them to get ready for the new law, effective Friday, that requires all existing single-family homes with an attached garage or a fossil fuel source to install detectors that monitor the colorless, odorless gas. Posted. http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2011/06/30/v-print/1951739/residential-co2-detector-law-taking.html 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 moldy area or radon seepage, those problems could worsen. A report released June 7 by the Institute of Medicine and sponsored by the federal Environmental Protection Agency said people may face unexpected health problems from all this. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_18378527 CLIMATE CHANGE Calif. Delays Cap And Trade. San Francisco (AP) — California regulators on Wednesday said they would give power plants, refineries and other major polluters another year to comply with a new state program that provides financial incentives to emit fewer greenhouse gases. Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the Air Resources Board, said in testimony before a state Senate committee that the government is giving California's major polluters until 2013 to comply with its cap-and-trade program. Posted. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hHe2A7Cz4GMSq3PZFSKYFDC_VTsQ?docId=9117e4281eb14e0d9573c8baaf651957 http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/30/us-california-carbon-idUSTRE75S8C720110630 http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2011/06/30/30climatewire-california-delays-cap-and-trade-auctions-cit-96440.html?pagewanted=print http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/federal-government/calif-air-regulators-give-polluters-another-year-to-comply-with-new-cap-and-trade-rules/2011/06/29/AGhBZLrH_story.html http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_18379358 http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_18379358 http://www.latimes.com/news/la-me-0630-cap-trade-m,0,5726936,print.story http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/06/30/BAHT1K49H5.DTL&type=green http://www.sacbee.com/2011/06/29/3737239/calif-delays-compliance-regs-for.html http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_18379358?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com http://www.modbee.com/2011/06/29/1754937/calif-delays-compliance-regs-for.html http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jun/29/calif-delays-compliance-regs-for-cap-and-trade/ http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/article_bde223e8-32ad-5c44-b20c-68e5b082bddc.html Judge Sides With Federal Scientists On Global Warming’s Threat To Polar Bears. Washington — A federal judge is upholding a decision by government scientists that global warming is threatening the polar bear’s survival. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan on Thursday ruled that a May 2008 decision to place the bear on the endangered species list as threatened because of melting sea ice was rational based on science. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts-law/judge-sides-with-federal-scientists-on-global-warmings-threat-to-polar-bears/2011/06/30/AG8sfEsH_story.html NOAA Report Shows Warmer Weather In U.S. Data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration indicates that the new 30-year normal has raised half a degree Fahrenheit. Some experts call it further proof of global warming. The new normal is warmer. That's the assessment of the nation's top weather agency, which will release data Friday showing the 30-year "normal" temperature in the United States. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/science/environment/la-na-climate-noaa-20110630,0,4376067,print.story FUELS Cobalt Technologies Grabs Cheap Waste to Break into Vehicle Fuels. For biofuels startup Cobalt Technologies, the quest to replace petroleum has led to sugary waste water from Decorative Panels International, a wood paneling manufacturer in the small town of Alpena in northern Michigan. Mountain View (Calif.)-based Cobalt and its partner, biorefinery consulting firm American Process in Atlanta, are building an industrial-scale cellulosic refinery -- one of the world’s first -- on Decorative Panels’ campus. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-06-29/cobalt-technologies-grabs-cheap-waste-to-break-into-vehicle-fuels.html VEHICLES Hybrid Drivers Lose Fast-Lane Privilege In California. For six years, California gave owners of hybrid cars the keys to the fast lane: permission to drive alone among carpoolers. Now hybrids are about to lose the special privilege that was intended as a reward for saving gas and protecting the environment. The vehicles are no longer novel, their key-shaped yellow decals faded from the sun, and transportation officials want to make way for a new generation of even cleaner cars. Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jun/29/hybrid-drivers-lose-fast-lane-privilege-in-califor/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS http://www.sacbee.com/2011/06/30/v-print/3737658/hybrid-drivers-face-sticker-shock.html http://www.mydesert.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011106300347 http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Yellow-Sticker-Hybrid-Program-Ends-Friday-124599864.html 15 Governors Warn Against Tough Fuel Economy Rules. The Obama administration needs to ensure it doesn't set fuel economy standards for the 2017-2025 model years that are too aggressive, a group of governors wrote in a letter to the administration today. The governors -- 14 Republicans and one Democrat -- said in a letter to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson that "overreaching regulations can place a significant cost burden on individuals, families and businesses in our states." Posted. http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110629/OEM05/110629847/1179 Who’s Down With (More) MPG? When it comes to sweeping carbon regulation, America often seems like a house divided. But there’s one area where we agree by a wide margin: 78 percent of Americans support efforts by the auto industry to reduce vehicle carbon dioxide emissions, according to this survey [PDF] by the Mellman Group. Their data also finds almost three-quarters of voters strongly in favor of higher fuel efficiency standards… Posted. http://www.grist.org/oil/2011-06-30-whos-down-with-more-mpg GREEN ENERGY 3 Calif Solar Projects In Line For Loan Guarantees. Three California solar projects have been identified as recipients of nearly $4.5 billion in conditional commitments for loan guarantees from the Department of Energy. The announcement Thursday includes $680 million for the Antelope Valley Solar Ranch in Los Angeles County, $1.88 billion for the Desert Sunlight project in Riverside County and $1.93 billion in loans for the Topaz Solar project in San Luis Obispo County. Posted. http://www.pe.com/ap_news/California/US_Solar_Funds_581408C.shtml OPINIONS Fire Up the Grill, Not the Atmosphere. FOOD is responsible for 10 to 30 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. By many estimates, cooking represents more of a meal’s carbon footprint than transport. For certain vegetables, it accounts for more emissions than agriculture, transport and disposal combined. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/30/opinion/30palmer.html?scp=4&sq=air%20pollution&st=cse BLOGS CA Cap and Trade Compliance Delayed. California power plants and refineries will likely have an extra year to comply with the state's proposed cap & trade program, according to Mary Nichols, head of the California Air Resources Board. In testimony to the Senate Select Committee on the Environment, the Economy, and Climate Change on Wednesday, Nichols said that the program would still begin in 2012 as planned, but that polluters would not be held accountable during that year. Posted. http://blogs.kqed.org/climatewatch/2011/06/29/ca-cap-and-trade-compliance-delayed/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+kqed%2FClimateWatchBlog+%28KQED%27s+Climate+Watch+Blog%29&utm_content=Google+Reader http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/06/california-cap-and-trade.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GreenspaceEnvironmentBlog+%28Greenspace%29 The Slow Roll Of "An Extraordinary Piece Of Work": California Cap-And-Trade Slows, Again. At a California State Senate committee Wednesday, Air Resources Board chair Mary Nichols put the brakes on the centerpiece work of AB 32 - the state's landmark law that sets limits on greenhouse gas emissions. Nichols holds dominion over implementation of AB 32. Did she tap the brakes, or screech the state to a halt? And will reporters ever stop with the tailpipe-emissions-inspired metaphors? Posted. http://www.scpr.org/blogs/environment/2011/06/30/slow-roll-extraordinary-piece-work-ca-cap-and-trad/ San Francisco Named Greenest City In U.S. And Canada. We at City Insider just love it when San Francisco comes out tops in major rankings - and this is definitely one to crow about. San Francisco has been named the greenest city in the United States and Canada in a study commissioned by Siemens. (Yes, San Franciscans, the occasional annoyances of mandatory composting and not being able to get a plastic bag at the grocery store are paying off.) Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/cityinsider/detail?entry_id=92012&tsp=1 City Urges Residents To Put Carbon Monoxide Detectors In All Homes. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, invisible nightmare of a gas that kills 500 people a year in the U.S., and injures 20,000 more. San Francisco officials are now pushing people to heed a new state law that requires residential property owners to install carbon monoxide detectors in homes and apartments that have a gas-fueled furnace or other appliance. Posted. http://www.sfexaminer.com/blogs/under-dome/2011/06/city-urges-residents-put-carbon-monoxide-detectors-all-homes EPA Head Says New Fracking Air Quality Regs Coming Soon. As the New Jersey legislature votes to ban fracking, some word on what the EPA is doing to minimize the environmental damage which could be caused with unregulated hydraulic fracturing: Natural Gas Watch reports that EPA head Lisa Jackson has said that there may soon be Federal regulations dealing with air pollution caused by the natural gas extraction process. Posted. http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/06/epa-head-says-new-fracking-air-quality-regs-coming-soon.php US DOT To Award Up To $101.4M To Transit Projects To Reduce Emissions And To Promote Clean-Fuel Technologies. The US Department of Transportation will award up to total of $101.4 million to transit projects that improve emissions while supporting emerging clean fuel and advanced propulsion technologies. The money is being provided competitively through the Federal Transit Administration’s Fiscal Year 2011 Sustainability Initiative, which includes funding from two programs:… Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/06/dot-20110629.html