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ARB News Clips for July 19, 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 EPA to hold hearing on soot regulations today in Sacramento. A national fight over clean air standards is coming to Sacramento today. The federal Environmental Protection Agency will hold a hearing today in Sacramento – one of two in the nation – on proposed revisions to its air quality rules. "The question in front of the EPA is what level of air pollution makes people sick," said Janice Nolen, assistant vice president of national policy and advocacy for the American Lung Association in Washington, D.C. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2012/07/19/2287741/epa-to-hold-hearing-on-soot-regulations.html Indiana to appeal EPA ruling on Lake, Porter air. Indiana officials say they will appeal the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision to find Lake and Porter counties out of compliance with air quality standards because of their location near Chicago. Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels and Attorney General Greg Zoeller say every Indiana county meets the standards under the Clean Air Act for the first time but that Lake and Porter are being punished because one monitoring station in Illinois fell short. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Indiana-to-appeal-EPA-ruling-on-Lake-Porter-air-3719772.php Chevron settles air pollution allegations. New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa announced on Wednesday that Chevron USA Inc. will pay a civil penalty of $231,875 following a joint state-federal settlement over alleged air pollution control law violations. Chevron, in a joint complaint filed by the Department of Environmental protection and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, allegedly violated state and federal air quality laws at its asphalt refinery in Perth Amboy. Additionally, Chevron allegedly violated rules pertaining to leak detection and repair requirements for hazardous air pollutants at the Perth Amboy plant and violated conditions of the plant's Title V air operating permit. Posted. http://www.legalnewsline.com/news/236764-chevron-settles-air-pollution-allegations COACHELLA VALLEY: Air district urged to release pollution cleanup proposals. Elected officials are pressuring regional air quality officials to release details about proposals on how to spend $53 million designated to offset pollution in the Coachella Valley from a new power plant. Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Palm Springs, in a letter to South Coast Air Quality Management District, has urged the agency’s chief to make the proposals public. Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/politics/politics-headlines-index/20120718-coachella-valley-air-district-urged-to-release-pollution-cleanup-proposals.ece CLIMATE CHANGE US forecast: Hot, dry weather to linger into fall. Federal weather forecasters predict the unusually hot dry weather that has gripped much of the nation will linger into fall, especially for the parched heartland. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's outlook for August through October shows that nearly every state likely will have hotter than normal temperatures. Much of the Midwest is likely to be drier than normal, too. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SCI_DROUGHT_FORECAST?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-07-19-12-01-12 Glacier in north Greenland breaks off huge iceberg. An iceberg twice the size of Manhattan tore off one of Greenland's largest glaciers, illustrating another dramatic change to the warming island. For several years, scientists had been watching a long crack near the tip of the northerly Petermann Glacier. On Monday, NASA satellites showed it had broken completely, freeing an iceberg measuring 46 square miles. A massive ice sheet covers about four-fifths of Greenland. Petermann Glacier is mostly on land, but a segment sticks out over water like a frozen tongue, and that's where the break occurred. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SCI_GREENLAND_GLACIER?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-07-17-18-35-45 UK police close 'Climategate' investigation. British police have closed their three-year investigation into the theft of hundreds of climate science emails published to the Web, saying Wednesday there was no hope of finding any suspects behind the breach. The theft, dubbed "Climategate" by some, caught researchers at the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit discussing ways to dodge right-to-know requests, keep opponents' research out of peer-reviewed journals, and destroy data. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_BRITAIN_CLIMATE_EMAILS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT CO2 is buried at sea with the help of iron sulfate. Seeding the ocean with iron can bury carbon for centuries, aiding the fight against climate change, a new study suggests. The influx of iron encourages the growth of phytoplankton blooms that consume carbon dioxide. When the tiny organisms die, they sink into the deep ocean, effectively trapping the CO2 there for centuries. The idea is decades old. But the findings reported yesterday in the journal Nature are the first evidence that fertilizing the oceans with iron could be a viable method of burying CO2 that would otherwise help warm the planet. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2012/07/19/3 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DIESEL EMISSIONS Driving on borrowed time: Nonprofits deal with new emission standards. New Beginnings Christian Church's 1979 Peterbilt only has a couple of years to live. Whether it will be sold for parts or left to rot in a junkyard isn't yet known, but one thing is certain: In 2015, the big shiny semi won't be on the road anymore. Most people don't think twice about the trucks used to haul goods, but nonprofit organizations in Bakersfield are coming to terms with the fact that come 2015, they may no longer be able to use the vehicles they have depended on for years. Posted. http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/business/x160346093/Driving-on-borrowed-time-Nonprofits-deal-with-new-emission-standards?utm_source=widget_56&utm_medium=photo_entries_teaser_widget&utm_campaign=synapse FUELS Navy Chief urges Congress to support biofuels. (VIDEO) The Navy's top official says he thinks federal lawmakers will come around on the branch's ambitions to ease its use of foreign oil once they understand it's not an environmental move--it's a defense strategy. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/navy-chief-urges-congress-to-support-biofuels/2012/07/19/gJQAJ6ByvW_video.html Navy's "Great Green Fleet" debuts in Pacific. The U.S. Navy's "Great Green Fleet," a group of warships and fighter jets burning an expensive blend of biofuels and petroleum, made its operational debut on Wednesday as the Senate prepared for a political fight over the program's cost. Dozens of F/A-18 Super Hornets and other aircraft powered by conventional jet fuel mixed with recycled cooking grease and algae oil screamed off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz during international military exercises in the central Pacific Posted. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/07/19/us-usa-navy-greenfleet-idUKBRE86I0B220120719 Navy Shows off new biofuel Great Green Fleet. The Secretary of the Navy called it a 'Historic day for America.' Just 100 nautical miles north of Oahu, the Navy for the first time used biofuel blends for a carrier strike group on the U.S.S. Nimitz. It's being called the Great Green Fleet. With each takeoff of a jet, refueling of a ship, or tanker, the U.S. Navy wants to decrease its reliance on foreign oil as prices continue to rise. "We can make big strides toward energy independence. We can reduce our vulnerability that we currently have," said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. Posted. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48246446 Neb. agency hits TransCanada with host of questions about new route. The Nebraska environmental agency accused by Keystone XL opponents of preparing to rubber-stamp a new route for the $5.3 billion pipeline yesterday sought a lengthy list of politically volatile data from its operator, including the identity of chemicals used to dilute the heavy Canadian oil sands crude that it would carry to the Gulf Coast. The Cornhusker State's Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in April began reviewing a new path for Keystone XL that aims to avoid the permeable soil and high water tables of the Sand Hills region. Posted. http://eenews.net/public/energywire/2012/07/18/1 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Studies: Fuel will be cheaper, cleaner with low-carbon standard. Scientists from six of the nation’s leading research institutions, including the University of California Davis, have found that fuels will be cleaner and cheaper in the future if the U.S. adopts a national low-carbon fuel standard. This finding and others will be detailed in a series of studies released Thursday at a bipartisan briefing on Capitol Hill. The scientists will be joined at the briefing by representatives of the automobile, electric utility and biofuels industries. A low-carbon fuel standard is designed to reduce the carbon footprint of transportation fuels. Posted. http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/news/2012/07/19/fuel-low-carbon-standard-studies-uc-davi.html How to Fix America's Fuel Future. Everyone across the political spectrum talks about the need to wean the US from foreign oil. But when it comes to the details-how to actually make America more energy independent-the political posturing begins. Recently, a Congressional dust-up dogged the national Renewable Fuel Standard. The year has also seen fights over the Keystone XL pipeline and the Pentagon's renewable fuels efforts. And despite widespread support from Americans-and strong support from the auto industry itself-some still object to the 54.5 mpg by 2025 standard expected out later this summer. There is another way. Posted. http://energy.aol.com/2012/07/19/how-to-fix-americas-fuel-future/ National Low Carbon Fuel Standard study releases major Technical Analysis and Policy Design reports; providing a scientific basis for policy decisions. The National Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) Project has released two major reports that synthesize its findings from the past several years of work: a Technical Analysis Report (TAR) and Policy Design Recommendations. The primary objectives of the National Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) Study were to (1) compare an LCFS with other policy instruments, including the existing Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) and a potential carbon tax, that have the potential to significantly reduce transportation greenhouse gas…Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2012/07/nlcfs-20120719.html U.S. researchers push a low-carbon fuel standard. The United States needs to make a rapid transition off petroleum fuels, and a national low-carbon fuel standard is the way to get there, according to two new studies by scientists at six top U.S. research institutions. "Overall, the low-carbon fuel standard is harnessing market forces, using performance standards and has the potential to be a very robust policy," said Daniel Sperling, director of the Institute for Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis, and one of 22 researchers who worked on the reports. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2012/07/19/6 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY 'Very doable' low-carbon standard could boost economy, environment – researchers. A low-carbon fuel standard that would expand the mix of non-petroleum transportation fuels could build on the existing renewable fuels standard to advance clean fuels development, according to researchers behind a series of new reports on the policy. By requiring companies to meet a goal for the carbon intensity of transportation fuels, a LCFS could not only diversify the mix of fuels on the market but could address some problems that have dogged the RFS, researchers said. The LCFS would encourage a broader suite of fuels and have a larger effect on the economy and environment than the existing RFS program, they said. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2012/07/19/4 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Researchers: LCFS Would Help America. During a bipartisan briefing on Capitol Hill, researchers from six institutions advocated that adopting a national Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) would be a positive step for America. Renewable fuels, they said, will be cleaner, cheaper and “Made in America”. This consensus by the group of researchers was met after conducting an extensive series of peer-reviewed LCFS studies. The research will be published in The Energy Policy Journal’s special issue on Low Carbon Fuel Policy over the next several months. Posted. http://domesticfuel.com/2012/07/19/researchers-lcfs-would-help-america/ Researchers say U.S. should adopt low-carbon fuel standard. Scientists from six of the nation’s leading research institutions, including the University of California Davis, have found that fuels will be cleaner and cheaper in the future if the U.S. adopts a national low-carbon fuel standard. This finding and others will be detailed in a series of studies released Thursday at a bipartisan briefing on Capitol Hill. The scientists will be joined at the briefing by representatives of the automobile, electric utility and biofuels industries. A low-carbon fuel standard is designed to reduce the carbon footprint of transportation fuels. Posted. http://sustainablebusinessoregon.com/national/2012/07/researchers-say-us-should-adopt.html HIGH-SPEED RAIL Jerry Brown signs rail bill, avoids Central Valley opponents. San Francisco – It took the promise of nearly $2 billion in rail upgrades in the Bay Area and Los Angeles for Gov. Jerry Brown to secure the Legislature's support for high-speed rail, so it was there that the Democratic governor celebrated on Wednesday. Discontent with the project and legal challenges, however, linger in the Central Valley – the site of the first track actually designed for high-speed trains. Had Brown come there, one opponent said, he might have had tomatoes lobbed at him. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/07/19/4641314/jery-brown-signs-rail-bill-avoids.html#mi_rss=Top%20Stories California moves forward on $68 billion high-speed rail project. California moved full steam ahead on Wednesday with a $68 billion high speed rail project, a move that comes as the state slashes spending to close a nearly $16 billion budget deficit and as a string of its cities mull bankruptcy. At a ceremony in Los Angeles, Governor Jerry Brown signed an initial funding bill for the train project, clearing the way for construction of a 130-mile section of track through the state's agricultural heartland. Brown says a bullet train network will boost job creation and provide an alternative to car and plane travel in the country's most populous state. Posted. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-usa-california-railbre86h1k8-20120718,0,2581185.story California Gov. Brown signs high-speed rail bill. It took the promise of nearly $2 billion in rail upgrades in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles for California Gov. Jerry Brown to secure the Legislature's support for high-speed rail, so it was there that the Democratic governor celebrated on Wednesday. Discontent with the project and legal challenges, however, linger in the Central Valley - the site of the first track actually designed for high-speed trains. Had Brown come there, one opponent said, he might have had tomatoes lobbed at him. Posted. http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/07/18/156730/california-gov-brown-signs-high.html GREEN ENERGY Small U.S. Solar Businesses Suffering from Tariffs on Imported Chinese Panels. Marco Mangelsdorf thought he made a smart move early this year when he bought nearly 300 solar panels from a manufacturer in China rather than from the United States. The modest $54,000 purchase was expected to help his customers save 50 percent on their solar systems. Mangelsdorf's company ProVision Solar engineers and installs rooftop solar on homes and businesses in Hawaii. "I'm beating myself up," he says now. Posted. http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20120718/small-us-solar-businesses-suffer-chinese-panel-tariffs-retroactive-commerce-department Nation's largest wood-fired power plant opens in east Texas. East Texas, with its relatively still air, may have missed out on the state's wind boom, but it does have something its western neighbors lack: trees. Now, as the nation's largest biomass power plant revs up its boiler there, the region is making its own contribution to the state's renewable energy portfolio. Southern Co., which operates the Nacogdoches Generating Facility under its subsidiary Southern Power, announced yesterday that the 100-megawatt plant is now sending electrons to the grid. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/2012/07/19/22 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS California lifts rules that curbed anti-mosquito ground treatments. After months of intense lobbying, California's local mosquito control districts have won a key battle against new federal regulations that districts contended slowed them in their fight against West Nile virus. The victory came late last week as the State Water Resources Control Board lifted monitoring requirements that districts said hindered ground treatment of mosquitoes in the larval stage. While the new rules aimed to curb pesticide use on the ground…Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/07/19/4641319/california-lifts-rules-that-curbed.html#mi_rss=Top%20Stories GM to let some owners rent out cars. Own a GM vehicle? Start your own car rental business. That's the latest pitch from General Motors Co., which on Tuesday was scheduled to team with a small San Francisco company to kick off a nationwide program that would allow owners of GM vehicles equipped with the OnStar system to rent them out. Under the venture, which was announced in October, subscribers to GM's OnStar service can list their vehicle for rent through a program operated by RelayRides. Posted. http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20120718/WIRE/207181038 The Bicycle Revolution in Paris, Five Years Later. In July 2007, many Parisians laughed at their mayor, Bertrand Delanoë, when he announced the creation of a public bicycle sharing system aimed at reducing traffic in the French capital. The system was called Vélib’, a combination of “vélo”, which means bicycle in colloquial French, and “liberté”, or freedom. During its first few months of operation, the skeptics appeared to be right. While most Parisians snubbed the heavy public bicycles (weighing 23 kg), others destroyed or stole them. Posted. http://www.ipsnews.net/2012/07/the-bicycle-revolution-in-paris-five-years-later/ OPINIONS Viewpoints: Join fight for cleaner air in EPA proposal. My daughter was 8 when she was hospitalized because of a severe asthma attack. Air pollution had long been a professional concern for me, but this experience elevated the issue to a highly personal and very frightening level. Although the quality of the air we breathe has improved significantly since 1970, when a bipartisan Congress passed the Clean Air Act, millions of Americans are still experiencing for themselves variations of my family's story – and not always with a happy ending. Fortunately, there's something that we can do. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/07/18/v-print/4638126/join-fight-for-cleaner-air-in.html Earth Log: Bad ozone day renews debate about warnings. The air turned scary corrosive for two hours in Fresno last Thursday. Even in the San Joaquin Valley, where breathing bad air is a way of life, this was dangerous. The ozone overload on a steamy, windless day was the highest in nearly two years. And it triggered a now-familiar debate. How are we supposed to know when ozone is that high? Ozone is not like dust or smoke, which you can see and smell. By comparison, ozone is odorless and invisible. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/07/17/2912947/earth-log-bad-ozone-day-renews.html#storylink=cpy Powerful California State Agency Plans Gasoline Price Increases. The state of California is planning to hike the price of gasoline by at least a dollar a gallon. But you won’t see more roads or public transportation or actually anything of value for the money. Instead, this is part of the direct cost of regulation that California motorists will shoulder from “climate change” rules passed during the past several years. Officials with the Air Resources Board (ARB), the powerful state agency charged with implementing AB 32 and other climate control measures…Posted. http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2012/07/powerful-california-state-agency-plans-gasoline-price-increases/ Hot out? Guess that means that everyone believes in climate change again. Yesterday, we celebrated the 110th birthday of the air conditioner. (Happy day-after-your-birthday, air conditioner!) We illustrated that post with one of the oldest photos of an air-conditioning system we could find, a unit installed in the Capitol in 1938. It’s a huge thing, all pipes and bolts and such. And installing it was obviously a major, major mistake. You see, yet again, it turns out that more people believe in climate change when they feel hot. Posted. http://grist.org/news/hot-out-guess-that-means-that-everyone-believes-in-climate-change-again/ Global Warming's Terrifying New Math. Three simple numbers that add up to global catastrophe - and that make clear who the real enemy is…If the pictures of those towering wildfires in Colorado haven't convinced you, or the size of your AC bill this summer, here are some hard numbers about climate change: June broke or tied 3,215 high-temperature records across the United States. That followed the warmest May on record for the Northern Hemisphere – the 327th consecutive month in which the temperature of the entire globe exceeded the 20th-century average…Posted. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/global-warmings-terrifying-new-math-20120719 BLOGS California Dreaming? Selling Congress on Low-Carbon Fuel. Proponents of California’s low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) hope problems with the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) could spell an opportunity to promote the state’s groundbreaking alternative approach at the national level.Scientists from six research institutions—including UC Davis—are attending a bipartisan briefing on Capitol Hill this week to present the results of a new study touting the potential benefits of a national low-carbon standard. Posted. http://blogs.kqed.org/climatewatch/2012/07/19/selling-congress-on-low-carbon-fuel/ RelayRides and OnStar Inaugurate Car-Sharing Program. As of Tuesday, owners of vehicles equipped with an active OnStar subscription can rent their cars through RelayRides, the peer-to-peer car-sharing start-up. The connectivity service, wholly owned by General Motors, should make the car-sharing experience easier, as well as more appealing and secure, according to Vijay Iyer, a spokesman for OnStar. As with any rental through RelayRides, registered users reserve the OnStar-equipped vehicles online. Posted. http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/19/relayrides-and-onstar-inaugurate-car-sharing-program/?pagewanted=print An E15 Update. In the week since Scott Zaremba has been selling e15 for ordinary cars at his gas station in Lawrence, Kan., the oil industry has issued a national warning not to buy his product because of the possibility of engine damage, and the ethanol lobby has replied that oil companies might just as well tell people to buy nothing. In May, the auto and oil industries reported that in a test they commissioned of E15, which is 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent unleaded gasoline, some models failed. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/19/an-e15-update/ New emissions rules expected to improve West Oakland air quality. West Oaklanders will breathe easier—literally—in the coming months as they start to feel the effects of recently implemented emissions regulations for trucks at the Port of Oakland. The first phase went into effect in 2010, and tougher rules are on the horizon for early 2014. The regulations are applauded by health experts, who link diesel exhaust to high rates of asthma, but others say these strict rules could put thousands of truck drivers out of work. Posted. http://blog.sfgate.com/inoakland/2012/07/18/new-emissions-rules-expected-to-improve-west-oakland-air-quality/ AM Alert: U.S. Navy highlights California clean-tech partnerships. VIDEO: Dan Walters wonders, in today's report, whether Gov. Jerry Brown signed a "death warrant" for his November tax measure while signing legislation to fund construction on California's high-speed rail project. The U.S. Navy comes to the Capitol today. Rear Admiral Dixon Smith, the commander of Navy Region Southwest, joins Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Sen. Fran Pavley and California Energy Commission Chairman Robert B. Weisenmiller to highlight clean-tech partnerships at California's naval installations. Posted. http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2012/07/am-alert-071912.html This is What the Beginning of the End of the Planet Feels Like. This summer 34,500 people were forced to evacuate their homes in my home state of Colorado. I watched as a dozen wildfires raged through the state with some contained in days or weeks, while others are still not extinguished. The extremely hot weather, dry climate and dramatically reduced water supply that all led to the wildfires are part of a pattern that has been unfolding for more than a decade. In fact, the past 10 years have been unequivocally the hottest on record in the history of weather record keeping. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dion-rabouin/climate-change-minority-communities-_b_1678411.html Congress: Expedite Renewable Energy. In 2009 it seemed as though Congress was finally going to pass legislation that would transition our country to a renewable energy future. The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, also known as the Waxman-Markey Bill, would have created a cap and trade system on greenhouse gases, required electric utilities through a renewable electricity standard (RES) to meet 20 percent of their electricity demand through renewable energy sources and energy efficiency by 2020, subsidized renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, and financed modernization of the electrical grid, among many other provisions. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stefanie-penn-spear/renewable-energy-congress_b_1684693.html Algal Blooms Could Have Caused Last Ice Age. At various points in Earth’s history, dust fell into the ocean and fed algae, which gobbled up carbon dioxide and sank to the bottom of the sea, taking greenhouse gas with them and cooling the world. That’s a key conclusion scientists are drawing from an unusual 2004 experiment in which they grew a massive algae bloom in the Southern Ocean. Data from the experiment may also tell researchers whether seeding the seas with iron is a good way to curb global warming. Posted. http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/07/algae-ice-age-climate/ Dumping iron at sea can bury carbon for centuries, study shows. Iron fertilisation creates algae blooms that later die off and sink, taking the absorbed carbon deep towards the ocean floor. Dumping iron into the sea can bury carbon dioxide for centuries, potentially helping reduce the impact of climate change, according to a major new study. The work shows for the first time that much of the algae that blooms when iron filings are added dies and falls into the deep ocean. Posted. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/jul/18/iron-sea-carbon?newsfeed=true