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ARB Newsclips for April 24, 2012. 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. LOW CARBON FUEL STANDARDS California Wins Temporary Reinstatement of Carbon Fuel Standard. California won temporary reinstatement of its low-carbon fuel standard, which was blocked last year by a federal judge. The U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco yesterday granted a request by California officials to put on hold the Dec. 29 ruling that the standard is unconstitutional while the case is on appeal. The rule was to have taken effect Jan. 1, 2012. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2012-04-24/california-s-carbon-fuel-standard-reinstated-during-appeal-1-.html http://af.reuters.com/article/energyOilNews/idAFL2E8FNIF220120423 http://www.sacbee.com/2012/04/23/4436884/court-blocks-injunction-on-ca.html http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_20464826/court-blocks-injunction-ca-green-fuel-standard http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_20464826/court-blocks-injunction-ca-green-fuel-standard?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.modbee.com/2012/04/23/2170793/court-blocks-injunction-on-ca.html http://www.capitalpress.com/content/AP-CA-Low-carbon-fuel-042412 http://www.kmph.com/story/17665013/court-blocks-injunction-on-ca-green-fuel-standard VEHICLES GE CEO says electric car disappointment must fade. General Electric Co Chief Executive Jeff Immelt said people "may be disappointed in the adoption of the electric vehicle" but his company will continue investing in battery technology in hopes of an eventual uptick. Speaking during an automotive conference in Detroit on Tuesday, Immelt -- whose company is a key supplier to automakers producing electric cars -- said GE is "committed to long term development" of alternative-fuel vehicles. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/24/ge-ev-idUSL2E8FO4F520120424 China's dream of electric car leadership elusive. Beijing — China's leaders are finding it's a lot tougher to create a world-beating electric car industry than they hoped. In 2009, they announced bold plans to cash in on demand for clean vehicles by making China a global power in electric car manufacturing. They pledged billions of dollars for research and called for annual sales of 500,000 cars by 2015. Today, Beijing is scaling back its ambitions, chastened by technological hurdles and lack of buyer interest. Posted. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47161602 GREEN ENERGY Discovery of Indian artifacts complicates Genesis solar project. After human remains were unearthed near the $1-billion Genesis project 200 miles east of L.A., the Colorado River Indian Tribes are demanding that the Obama administration slow down on solar plants in the Mojave Desert. The Feb. 27 letter from the chairman of the Colorado River Indian Tribes was pleading and tough. It asked President Obama to slow the federal government's "frantic pursuit" of massive solar energy projects in the Mojave Desert because of possible damage to Native American cultural resources. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-solar-bones-20120424,0,1894725.story San Onofre not expected to close for good, Edison says. The nuclear power plant has been shuttered for nearly three months due to unexpected wear in tubes that carry radioactive water. But a Southern California Edison official says a return to service is expected. The extended closure of the San Onofre nuclear plant due to safety concerns has led some to speculate — or hope — that the plant will be shuttered for good, but the chief nuclear officer for plant operator Southern California Edison said he doesn't believe the problems signal the plant's demise. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-san-onofre-20120424,0,2589141.story Edison: San Onofre could restart in ‘next few months’ The operators of the idled San Onofre nuclear plant could restart at least one of its troubled reactor units “in the next few months,” the plant’s chief nuclear officer said Monday. And while the precise cause of premature wear seen in steam generator tubes in both units is not yet known, it appears to be related to vibrations induced by the heat exchange process inside the steam generators, said Southern California Edison Chief Nuclear Officer Pete Dietrich. Posted. http://sciencedude.ocregister.com/2012/04/23/edison-san-onofre-could-restart-in-next-few-months/170761/ MISCELLANEOUS Placer Co. air pollution district awards $931K in grants. The Placer County Air Pollution Control District is awarding $931,000 in grants to 10 projects aimed at reducing air pollution in the county, the district has announced. “It’s important that we support proactive approaches to reduce harmful emissions in the county,” said Placer County Air Pollution Control Officer Tom Christofk. The projects are expected to collectively reduce pollutant emissions by an estimated 30 tons over the next several years. Posted. http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/news/2012/04/24/placer-co-air-pollution-district-equipme.html New group to study fumigant-free strawberry growing. Ways to commercially grow strawberries in California without the use of fumigants will be explored by a new group of scientists and others form by the state Department of Pesticide Regulation. The group is tasked with coming up with a five-year action plan to accelerate the development of management tools and practices to control soil-borne pests in strawberry fields without fumigants, says DPR Director Brian Leahy. Posted. http://www.centralvalleybusinesstimes.com/stories/001/?ID=20904 Old computers and cellphones piling up? Recycle your e-waste. When technological devices' relatively short lives end, either because New Version 7.02 beckons or replacement is cheaper than repair, they become electronic waste, aka e-waste. Dumping e-waste in landfills is illegal in California — offenders face up to $25,000 in civil fines or criminal charges — so figuring out what to do with digital detritus has become an environmental mission for consumers, businesses and governments. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/apr/23/old-computers-and-cellphones-piling-up-recycle-e/?print=1 OPINIONS DOUG GREENER: Protect your family -- install carbon monoxide monitoring devices. Last year, several key pieces of fire service related state legislation were passed as new laws and codes designed to have a direct impact on the safety of the residents of California and Bakersfield. As Bakersfield's fire chief, I'm compelled to provide a gentle reminder of one of those changes, which is the new requirement for the installation of carbon monoxide monitoring devices in all residential structures. Posted. http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/local/x731249712/DOUG-GREENER-Protect-your-family-install-carbon-monoxide-monitoring-devices Role of methane in new oil and gas air pollution rule questioned. The new federal rules limiting air pollution from oil and gas operations are aimed at smog precursors and air toxics — but it's the role of methane in the rules that bothers industry and environmentalists alike. And as the effective date for the rules approaches, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency faces possible challenge from both sides. The April 17 rules mandate the use of "green completion" technology on fractured wells. The technology controls releases of smog-forming volatile organic compounds…Posted. http://www.statejournal.com/story/17673584/role-of-methane-in-new-oil-and-gas-air-pollution-rules-questioned There Is No Away. Feeling a little bullish and full of questions about Earth Day. Do we still need Earth Day? I remember the first Earth Day. We were told, "Make every day Earth Day." Did we? At the time, our cars slurped leaded gas, power plants belched out smoke and smog without recourse, and our rivers were on fire. With even cleaner ways to power our vehicles, have we embraced cleaner cars? With mercury pollution poisoning our children and asthma on the rise, is our air clean enough? Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ronnie-citronfink/there-is-no-away_b_1446526.html?ref=green BLOGS A Good Day for All Families: California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard Moves Forward. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals blocked an injunction today against California's low carbon fuel standard (LCFS). The original injunction was issued by the trial court (U.S. District Court, Fresno) in late 2011. As David Pettit, our senior attorney stated here: Rather than invest to improve their products by providing cleaner transportation fuels and better production practices, Big Oil and Big Ethanol went to court...Today, the trial court's order was put on ice by the appellate court while the appeal is going on. Posted. http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/smui/a_good_day_for_all_families_ca.html