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newsrel -- News Clips for July 6, 2011

Posted: 06 Jul 2011 12:43:18
California Air Resources Board News Clips for July 6, 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.


Arvin air monitoring station moved; results skewed.  The San
Joaquin Valley's air may suddenly be a little cleaner this
summer, if only on paper.  The nation's dirtiest air monitoring
station over the past decade – Arvin in Kern County – has been
moved to an apparently cleaner location two miles away.  The move
could statistically make the Valley's air cleaner without
actually reducing pollution or making the air any healthier to
breathe.  Posted. 

Inhofe questions EPA science behind new standards.  The top
Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
is seeking to use a recent National Academy of Sciences review of
formaldehyde to raise questions about U.S. EPA's scientific basis
for new air quality standards due out this summer.  In a letter
to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.)
linked NAS criticisms of the scientific methodologies used by
EPA's Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) in evaluating
formaldehyde to the process the agency is using to update the
National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) this month. 

Neighborhood gags as its economic engine spews pollution.  SAN
BERNARDINO, Calif. -- Teresa Flores has lived her entire life
surrounded by a tangle of rail lines in this low-income,
west-side neighborhood, listening to train whistles and horns and
what she calls the "crash bang boom."  "Every time a train comes
through a road crossing, they blow the whistle three times. You
can hear the train coming from Cajon Pass all the way over to
here," the 57-year-old said as she surveyed her neighborhood on a
recent hot day.  Posted.  BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY. 


Court sides with enviro groups on airline emissions.  A federal
judge has sided with environmental groups on a lawsuit that seeks
to limit carbon emissions from airplanes, ruling yesterday that
the Clean Air Act requires U.S. EPA to decide whether the
emissions pose a threat to human health or welfare.  The Obama
administration had asked to dismiss the lawsuit from groups such
as the Center for Biological Diversity, Oceana and Friends of the
Earth. It argued that EPA gets to choose whether to make such an
"endangerment finding," as the last administration argued before
the Supreme Court after it was presented with a challenge on the
emissions from cars and trucks.  Posted.  BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY. 


CARB extends tractor-trailer reporting deadline to Aug. 1. 
SACRAMENTO — The California Air Resources Board has announced
that trailer fleet owners now have an extra 30 days — until
August 1 —  to register their fleets if they want to  take
advantage of a flexible phase-in option for a new California
regulation designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Posted. 


Automakers balk at EPA plans for higher-ethanol fuel.  WASHINGTON
— A dozen domestic and foreign automakers are raising concerns
over damage that could be caused by gasoline containing 15%
ethanol, which the Environmental Protection Agency plans to allow
at U.S. gas pumps.  The EPA has released its warning sticker for
gasoline containing 15% ethanol, known as E15 — a final step
before the higher blend can be cleared for sale in the United
States.  Posted. 

Ford, Toyota Criticize EPA Ethanol-Blend Fuel Proposal. 
Automakers including Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Co. and
Toyota Motor Corp. criticized an Environmental Protection Agency
proposal to allow gasoline containing as much as 15 percent
ethanol in all cars and trucks in the U.S., saying its use may
void warranties.  Twelve automakers released letters today sent
to Representative James Sensenbrenner, a Wisconsin Republican,
saying the EPA proposal to sell so-called E15 fuel may damage
engines and fuel-supply systems in vehicles made to run on
gasoline with lower ethanol content.  Posted. 

Virgin Australia Researching Eucalyptus Leaves As Jet Fuel. 
SYDNEY—Eucalyptus leaves might soon be known for being more than
just the staple diet of koala bears: Virgin Australia Ltd. plans
to turn the foliage into jet fuel.  Australia's second biggest
airline said Wednesday that it has formed a biofuels joint
venture with several energy groups focused on the native mallee
species of the tree as it seeks to slash its carbon footprint and
reduce costs.  The move, with DynaMotive Energy Systems Corp. and
closely held Renewable Oil Corp., is significant because
eucalyptus trees—commonly known as gum trees—can flourish over
the semi-arid parts of Australia's vast, dry landscape.  Posted. 


Despite recession, Californians install solar panels at
record-breaking pace.  While the drill-baby-drill contingent was
bitching about reliance on foreign oil, that hacky-sack full of
smelly Nancy-Pelosi-electing hippies known as California quietly
installed more solar in 2010 than any other state, ever.  The
numbers: Californians installed 194 megawatts of solar in 2010,
47 percent more than they installed in 2009. Granted, 2009 was
kind of a crap year, economically. But so was 2010!  Posted. 


California policy update for cleaner transport.  The U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve
California’s air quality plans for fine particles – also known as
PM2.5. According to Jared Blumenfeld, EPA Regional Administrator
for the Pacific Southwest, “Clean air is a critical human health
issue in California. In large part, the solution will be found in
moving quickly towards zero emission transportation systems”. 
Posted.  http://www.cars21.com/content/articles/61820110706.php 

Ask George: What to do when the sirens are blaring.  Q: I have a
Clean Air Vehicle sticker for my hybrid, but I heard that the
sticker will no longer be valid. Is this true?  A: All hybrid
vehicles that were issued with the Clean Air Vehicle (yellow)
sticker through the VC Section 5205.5 Low Emission Vehicle
Identification for High Occupancy Vehicle Lane use Tolls will no
longer be valid as of July 1, 2011.  Posted. 

Denmark to be electric cars guinea pig.  Studies have shown than
when prices at the petrol pump rise, there is a corresponding
leap in internet searches for the electric car.  But that is
about the extent of it as far as the consumer is concerned. When
petrol prices return to levels that do not hurt the wallet so
much, interest wanes.  The electric car might be touted – at
least at face value - as the silver environmental bullet but its
hefty price tag and consumers' natural conservatism when it comes
to embracing a wholly new technology has kept it mostly in the
showroom.  Posted.  http://euobserver.com/882/32458 


Ride a scooter, save the world.  Not to Al Gore anybody's ox, but
a lot of you Whole Foods hipsters think you're green because your
Prius gets 50 mpg. My scooter gets 100. I just filled up my tank
on the way to work. Total cost: $3.86, about the same price as a
Starbucks grande Frappuccino but fueling an adrenaline buzz that
will last a lot longer.  Posted. 

Mayor Ed Lee tries to zero out carbon emissions with Volt.  Mayor
Ed Lee used the Fourth of July holiday to declare his
independence from foreign oil.  Lee took his first ride Monday in
the new official mayor-mobile: a silver plug-in hybrid electric
Chevrolet Volt.  He had already been riding in a 2010 Ford Fusion
hybrid, but the Volt can run for about 40 miles on electric power
alone before needing a charge or having the engine kick in. Lee
plans to drive no more than that amount a day, his administration
said (looks like no trips to Montana), and charge the car from
the city's carbon-free hydropower generated at Hetch Hetchy
Reservoir.  Posted. 


Support for clean diesel -- it's not an oxymoron -- must
continue.  Fifteen years ago, there was no such thing as a clean
diesel. Today, new diesel buses, trucks and other engines are
more than 90 percent cleaner. These diesel engines operate
smoke-free, have created thousands of new jobs in the hard-hit
engine manufacturing sector and elsewhere, and are helping to
save escalating fuel costs by operating more efficiently.
Unfortunately, the federal program funding these innovations in
California may be coming to an end this week.  Posted. 


Report Reveals America Now Receives More Power From Renewable
Sources Than Nuclear.  A recent report published by the U.S.
Energy Information Administration reveals that America now
receives more of its energy from renewable sources than it does
from nuclear generation plants. In the first three months of
2011, the country’s biomass/biofuel, hydropower, wind,
geothermal, and solar energy generation plants produced a
combined 2.245 quadrillion Btus of energy or 11.73 percent of
U.S. energy production. During the same period, nuclear energy
plants produced 2.125 quadrillion Btus.  Posted. 

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