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ARB Newsclips for May 18, 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. AIR POLLUTION Residents slam state's Mecca report. Despite soil OK, many believe recycler poses a health threat. MECCA — Despite soil samples the state took recently coming back as nonhazardous, some Mecca residents remain deeply skeptical about a recycling plant blamed for the noxious smells that permeated their community. “We, the residents, the way we measure it, is with our health,” Mecca resident Daniel Guerrero told about 50 people gathered for a Department of Toxic Substances Control public meeting Thursday about Western Environmental Inc. Posted. http://www.mydesert.com/article/20120518/NEWS01/205180306/Residents-slam-state-s-Mecca-report?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFrontpage http://www.kmir6.com/news/toprotator/151996715.html EPA sends boiler rules to White House. U.S. EPA yesterday sent reconsidered air standards for industrial boilers and commercial incinerators to the White House for final review. The so-called Boiler MACT rule was submitted to the Office of Management and Budget, according to a federal website that tracks rulemaking. The move signals that EPA intends to follow through on plans to issue the final rule this spring or summer. OMB typically has 90 days to review proposals and can ask for a 30-day extension. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2012/05/18/3 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE Is New Green Law Creating More Green for Logging Companies? NBC Bay Area Investigates California's new Cap and Trade Law. California's new Cap and Trade program has been hailed as the gold standard in environmental law for the entire world. Not only are other states looking to the law but other countries, too, are watching to judge its effects on the global economy and environment. Now, NBC Bay Area's Investigative Unit has learned of questions surrounding fundamental issues about how the new law is applied and who benefits from it that could undermine the entire program's credibility. Posted. http://www.nbcbayarea.com/investigations/Legal-Critics-of-Californias-New-Cap-and-Trade--151916605.html Saskatchewan uses emissions from ethanol plant to stimulate oil production. A Canadian energy company announced yesterday it has begun capturing carbon dioxide at an ethanol plant in Saskatchewan. The captured greenhouse gas from the plant run by Husky Energy will be piped to nearby oil fields for permanent storage and use in enhanced oil recovery. The overall cost of the project initially is estimated to be roughly $23 million, with the Canadian government contributing $14.5 million. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2012/05/18/6 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY FUELS US WCoast Products - Gasoline continues drop. Gasoline differentials fell further on Thursday as BP Plc's 225,000-barrel-per-day (bpd) Cherry Point, Washington, refinery continued its return to production after being shut for three months. May-delivery CARBOB gasoline slid 2 cents to a 23-cent premium per gallon over June NYMEX RBOB gasoline in the Los Angeles spot market. CARBOB gasoline in the San Francisco Bay market sold at an 8-cent discount to L.A. on the return of Tesoro Corp's 166,000 bpd Martinez, California, refinery to full production following an overhaul. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/17/markets-products-westcoast-idUSL1E8GHK2P20120517 VEHICLES Five Electric Cars That Will Stretch Your Mileage. Cars With Superior Gas Mileage. Car technology has come a long way. In the fight to decrease dependency on oil and avoid high gas prices, more electric-powered cars are starting to make their way onto the scene. It's now possible to get what's referred to as an mpg equivalent of more than 100. That's mostly due to drastic improvements in lithium-ion battery technology. Lithium-ion batteries are able to produce more power in a smaller area than their nickel-metal-hydride counterparts, which are used in some hybrids such as the Prius. Posted. http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2012/05/17/five-electric-cars-that-will-stretch-your-mileage/ HIGH-SPEED RAIL Ballot measure to derail bullet train advances. An initiative aimed at derailing California's bullet train is clear to collect signatures in a quest for November's ballot. The measure -- pushed by a state senator and a former U.S. House member -- would halt the sale of bonds to finance construction of the train and officially terminate the venture. It aims to thwart any restart effort as well, prohibiting California from taking on any new debt or spending any federal, state or local funds for the high-speed rail project. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2012/05/18/9 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY GREEN ENERGY China rejects US ruling in solar dumping case. China's government on Friday rejected a U.S. antidumping ruling against its makers of solar power equipment and Chinese manufacturers warned possible higher tariffs might hurt efforts to promote clean energy. The conflict has worsened U.S.-Chinese trade tensions. The two governments have pledged to cooperate in developing renewable energy but accuse each other of violating free-trade pledges by subsidizing their own manufacturers. "The U.S. ruling is unfair, and the Chinese side expresses its extreme dissatisfaction," said a Commerce Ministry spokesman, Shen Danyang, in a statement. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/business/china-rejects-us-ruling-in-solar-dumping-case/article_b7aa347d-62cd-5fcb-8f79-ca5bc45e0e53.html Biotech industry scales up to meet demand for renewable products. Technological advancements and growing market demand are allowing biotechnology companies to scale up, said a panel of industry experts at a clean technology workshop in Washington, D.C., yesterday. There's "a tremendous amount of interest in green materials" by large consumer companies interested in reducing their carbon footprints, said Tony Lent, senior managing director for the investment firm Wolfensohn & Co. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2012/05/18/7 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Cities look to wind for streetlight power source. As municipal budgets continue to be cut, some cities around the world are looking to harness wind to power their streetlights. While other cities have opted to use technologies such as light-emitting diodes and smart lighting, wind power -- through distributed energy -- has been an option that allows municipalities to cut down on fossil fuel usage and get off the traditional grid. The distributed renewable energy market was estimated to be about $70 billion globally last year and is expected to top $150 billion by 2015. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2012/05/18/21 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY BLOGS Swapping Out Charcoal With Ethanol. Africa used to boast nearly three million square miles of forest, only about one-third of which remain today. The principal culprit is charcoal production for cookstove fuel, which emits soot that leads to endemic health problems. The World Health Organization says the health consequences of cooking with charcoal parallel the effects of smoking two packs of cigarettes a day. Just imagine firing up a charcoal barbecue indoors every time you cooked. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/18/swapping-biofuels-for-charcoal/?ref=science New Classroom Science Standards Up for Review. The first substantial update to national science teaching standards in roughly 15 years — and the first including the science of human-driven climate change — is open for public comment through this month. Here’s a short video description: Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/18/new-classroom-science-standards-up-for-review/