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California Air Resources Board News Clips for October 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. AIR POLLUTION EPA to Ease Rule on Power Plants. The Environmental Protection Agency, under pressure from some states, industry and Congress, is expected to ease an air quality rule that would require power plants in 27 states to slash emissions, said people familiar with the matter. The EPA, which made the rule final in July, plans to propose as early as this week to allow certain states and companies to emit more pollutants than it previously permitted, these people said. The states and companies affected couldn't be learned. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203791904576611370921020358.html?KEYWORDS=air+pollution Election shows widespread opposition to Prop 2. A look at election results in the Fairbanks North Star Borough shows that some of the strongest opponents of a failed measure aimed at improving air quality live in the smokiest areas. Borough monitoring shows that North Pole and its surrounding areas have seen the smokiest winters. But the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ( http://bit.ly/qEbX11) says those areas also were a stronghold against the proposition rejected by voters on Tuesday. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_19053897 http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_19053897 House votes to delay controls on toxic pollution. he Republican-controlled House has passed the first of two bills that would delay rules to cut toxic air pollution and mercury from cement plants, solid waste incinerators and industrial boilers. House Republicans have gone after Environmental Protection Agency rules that they view at job killers. But the bills they're pushing probably will stall in the Democratic-run Senate. The first one passed the House by a 262-161 vote Thursday. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/10/06/1892577/house-votes-to-delay-controls.html#ixzz1a1X7mFhP http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_19054465 http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_19054465 County Public Works fined $27,000. The Imperial County Public Works Department will have to pay $27,000 in fines to the state for air quality violations. The California Air Resources Board fined the department for failure to properly conduct self-inspections aimed at measuring vehicle smoke emissions to ensure state requirements are met, according to a press statement. An audit by the state found that the department’s diesel-run heavy equipment such as trucks were not tested for smoke emissions in 2009, Director of Public Works Bill Brunet said. The fines came specifically for not conducting the tests that year, Brunet said, not for failing the tests. Posted. http://www.ivpressonline.com/news/ivp-county-public-works-fined-27000-20111006,0,6239604.story Dem amendments to cement bill shot down, final votes today. The House yesterday evening rejected 13 Democratic amendments, paving the way for likely passage today of bills to rescind U.S EPA's toxic emissions rules for cement kilns and industrial boilers. The House is expected to make short work of 10 more amendments by the minority today before the final votes on the two bills. Among the amendments defeated last night was one by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, that would have allowed EPA to move ahead with the rule if the White House Office of Management and Budget determined it violated congressional budgetary rules requiring all new spending to be offset by cuts elsewhere in the budget. Posted. PAID SUBSCRIPTION ONLY. http://www.eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/10/06/4 EPA plans to tweak interstate emissions limits. U.S. EPA will give a few states and electric companies more leeway to release air pollution under a new program meant to clean up soot and smog from power plants, an Obama administration official said today. The Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, finalized this summer as a successor to the George W. Bush administration's Clean Air Interstate Rule, orders power plants in 27 Eastern states to meet stricter limits next January and show compliance in 2014. Posted. PAID SUBSCRIPTION ONLY. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/2011/10/05/1 CLIMATE CHANGE EU court indicates loss for US, Canadian airlines over emissions trading scheme. European Union efforts to force international airlines to pay for their polluting emissions received a big boost Thursday when a legal adviser urged the EU's highest court to reject a U.S. challenge. Several U.S. and Canada-based airlines and airlines associations had sued the EU for its plan to include them in the emissions trading scheme as of next year. Under that plan, all airlines would have to have costly emissions permits for flights to and from EU airports. So far only large factories and power plants are part of the scheme. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/eu-court-indicates-loss-for-us-canadian-airlines-over-emissions-trading-scheme/2011/10/06/gIQArFOTPL_story.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/10/06/2566427/airlines-set-for-loss-over-eu.html#storylink=misearch http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/oct/06/airlines-set-for-loss-over-eu-emissions-trading/#ixzz1a1SFDoUF http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_19053052 http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_19053052 Scientists seek to document later fall colors. Clocks may not be the only thing falling back: That signature autumn change in leaf colors may be drifting further down the calendar. Scientists don't quite know if global warming is changing the signs of fall like it already has with an earlier-arriving spring. They're turning their attention to fall foliage in hopes of determining whether climate change is leading to a later arrival of autumn's golden, orange and red hues. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gxQl8-DegT8rHxTKHoorcoyc5mFg?docId=087531b83bc340ddb4f10a47639f52c1 AP Newsbreak: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/environment/the-leaves-they-are-a-changing-_-even-as-scientists-try-to-log-climates-impact-on-colors/2011/10/06/gIQAVSbIPL_story.html http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/oct/06/scientists-seek-to-document-later-fall-colors/#ixzz1a1TrMSIf Cap-and-Trade Proceeds in California, Governor Signs Solar Bills. California's Air Resources Board (CARB) can proceed with implementation of the state's cap-and-trade program, a Supreme Court judge ruled Wednesday. The program, which was announced in November 2010 after four years of development, has been held up because of a March court ruling that requires CARB to further examine alternatives to cap-and-trade that might be better routes to reducing greenhouse gases. Posted. http://featured.matternetwork.com/2011/10/cap-trade-proceeds-california-governor.cfm Argus Launches California Carbon Allowance Index. Global energy price reporting agency Argus has launched a monthly index for emissions allowances created by the California Air Resources Board's greenhouse gas trading program. Argus began daily pricing for the California Carbon Allowance market on 26 August and published the first monthly index on 30 September. The new California Carbon Allowance monthly index provides independent price discovery ahead of the launch of the state's greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program in 2013. Posted. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/argus-launches-california-carbon-allowance-index-2011-10-06 E.U. has legal right to include foreign airlines in carbon trading, Advocate General says. The European Union's inclusion of international aviation in its emissions trading system is compatible with international law, the European Court of Justice Advocate General Juliane Kokott concluded today in a written opinion. The opinion is not binding, but the Luxembourg court has usually followed the advice of Advocate Generals advice at least in part in previous cases. The court will now begin deliberations and will issue its decision at a later date. Posted. BY PAID SUBSCRIPTION. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2011/10/06/2 FUELS U.S. alleges $9 million biofuel scheme paid for exotic cars. A Maryland man has been charged by the federal government for selling $9 million in fraudulent renewable fuel credits and using the money to buy a Ferrari, a Lamborghini, and a Maserati, among other things. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday that Rodney Hailey, the owner of Clean Green Fuel, LLC, has been charged with wire fraud, money laundering, and violation of the Clean Air Act in connection to trade in renewable identification numbers, or RINs, purportedly produced by his company. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/04/us-usa-ethanol-fraud-idUSTRE7935AU20111004 GREEN ENERGY Green Tech Venture Investments Jumped 23% in Q3. Investors doled out $2.23 billion for 189 green tech venture deals worldwide in the third quarter and counted energy storage, solar and energy efficiency as their top three picks, according to preliminary data from the Cleantech Group on Wednesday. The third-quarter investment dollars shot up 12 percent from the previous quarter’s $1.98 billion and 23 percent from the third quarter of 2010, when investments reached $1.81 billion. The bump is a reversal from the second quarter of this year, when venture investments slid 10 percent from the first quarter and 28 percent from the second quarter of 2010. Posted. http://www.forbes.com/sites/uciliawang/2011/10/05/green-tech-venture-investments-shot-up-23-in-q3/ Seeing green in Pleasanton. Long before being green was the thing to do, the Hacienda Business Park and the city of Pleasanton were working on ways to reduce their carbon footprint. What began two decades ago as searching for ways to provide congestion relief for the thousands of workers at the park, has evolved into a cooperative sustainability effort that includes a nationally recognized carpool program, energy efficient streetlights, green building practices and innovative irrigation techniques at the 875-acre park. Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_19040871 New energy storage methods may overcome solar energy's flaws. The sun is the most abundant power source on Earth, but new designs soon hitting the market could keep its energy flowing even after sunset. Researchers are exploring various strategies to put sunshine on tap, converting the sun's energy into fuels that can be stored, transported and used as needed. Setting excess power aside can help solar plants produce consistent electricity throughout the day, diminishing one of solar energy's biggest drawbacks. Sun-derived fuels can also be used to power fuel cells that drive cars or provide heat to warm homes. Posted. BY PAID SUBSCRIPTION. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2011/10/06/3 VEHICLES INLAND: Cleaner tow trucks proposed for freeway patrol. Tow trucks that patrol Inland freeways to clear lanes might one day ditch diesel fuel in favor of natural gas, but only if it makes economic sense, officials said. San Bernardino transportation officials did not ratify a suggestion Wednesday by Chino Mayor Dennis Yates to require all future Freeway Service Patrol contracts to require the use of compressed natural gas vehicles, but officials said they would explore the idea. Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/transportation-headlines/20111006-inland-cleaner-tow-trucks-proposed-for-freeway-patrol.ece Consumers expect more from electric vehicles than makers can supply. Consumers aren’t impressed with electric vehicles currently being offered by automakers – a new survey from Deloitte reveals that they expect electric cars to go longer on a charge, charge quicker and retail for a much lower price. Deloitte said consumers’ expectations around performance and purchase price are so divergent from the actual offerings available today that no more than 2 to 4 percent of consumers worldwide would have their expectations met. Posted. http://www.brighterenergy.org/26870/news/transport/consumers-expect-more-from-electric-vehicles-than-makers-can-supply/ MISCELLANEOUS Gas guzzling mower? Trade for brand-new electric. Smog regulators will hold their next lawn mower exchange in Mission Viejo Saturday, offering shiny new electric mowers for gas-powered versions and as little as $100. The exchange, part of the "Mow Down Air Pollution" program, is open to anyone living within the South Coast Air Quality Management District, including Orange County and parts of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/news/gas-320543-air-mowers.html BLOGS Climate activism stands with Occupy Wall Street Movement. The Occupy Wall Street Movement started with a handful of protesters in the middle of September. Today, it is snowballing into a national movement for "the other 99 percent" -- representing a diverse group of Americans who feel disenfranchised by a political and financial system that ignores them. And now, riding on the momentum created by the Keystone XL pipeline protests in Washington last month, leaders of the climate movement are getting involved. Posted. http://www.grist.org/climate-change/2011-10-05-climate-activism-stands-with-occupy-wall-street-movement Could a New Shipping Route Through the Arctic Reduce Global Emissions? Traditionally when people talk about melting ice in the Arctic, it is a cause for great concern and considered another symptom of global warming. However, Scandinavian tanker companies believe that with the ice melting, new sea routes between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans could be opened up, saving time, money and emissions. Supertankers, that transport oil, cars and other products, famously produce large quantities of CO2 (it is estimated that worldwide shipping currently accounts for more than 3 percent of all annual global emissions), but receding Arctic ice could change that. Posted. http://inhabitat.com/could-a-new-shipping-route-through-the-arctic-reduce-global-emissions/