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newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for December 19, 2013.

Posted: 19 Dec 2013 12:29:43
ARB Newsclips for December 19, 2013. 

This is a service of the California Air Resources Board’s Office
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Chinese Carbon Market Opens to a Busy First Day.  The first day
of trading in what will be by far the largest carbon market in
China started briskly on Thursday with pricing in line with
expectations, as Beijing continued its drive to slow its rapid
growth of heat-trapping emissions. The first trade on the China
Emissions Exchange in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, was priced
at 61 renminbi, or about $10, with the cement firm Hailuo buying
20,000 carbon permits…Posted.

Palmdale power plant gets major board approval.  Despite bitter
opposition, a proposed natural-gas power plant in Palmdale is one
step closer to construction after a local air quality board
signed off on the purchase of critical pollution offset credits
Tuesday.  The plant, initially envisioned as a hybrid project
with a solar component, has been hotly contested and its
approvals process marred by accusations of political
manipulations. Posted. 


Arsenic levels at second battery recycler draw concerns.
Quemetco, based in the City of Industry, has been ordered to
perform a health risk study after tests showed elevated arsenic
emissions. Amid an outcry over arsenic emissions from a Vernon
battery recycler, the South Coast Air Quality Management District
is now raising concerns about emissions from the other battery
recycler in Southern California. Officials with the air district
earlier this month ordered City of Industry-based…Posted



Poor air quality lingers in San Joaquin Valley basin.  Poor air
quality Valleywide continues as the air basin lingers under a
high-pressure system that has kept emissions from escaping, the
San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District said in a news
release Wednesday. The eight counties of the air basin have been
under wood-burning prohibitions for several days and local air
officials discourage residents from using wood-burning devices
unless they are exempt from curtailments. Posted. 

Redwood City working with metal recycling company to prevent more
polluting fires. City officials met today with Sims Metal
Management after a second fire in two months broke out at the
recycling plant in Redwood City Tuesday morning. The two-alarm
fire at Sims Metal Management, located at 699 Seaport Blvd.,
started after a small explosion was reported around 12:50 a.m.,
Redwood City fire officials said. Posted.

NC plant to spend $50 million to meet regulations. A western
North Carolina paper mill wants nearly $15 million in help from
the state to meet federal clean-air regulations that will force
it to replace two coal-fired boilers. State lawmakers would have
to approve allocating most of the money. The General Assembly
doesn't start it's 2014 session until May and that could be
cutting it close for Evergreen Packaging in Canton to meet a 2016
deadline from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency…Posted.

Congressman calls for SMO air pollution investigation. 
Congressman Henry Waxman, D-Santa Monica, is calling on air
quality officials to investigate a claims by scientists that
there are high levels of ultrafine particle pollution around
Santa Monica Airport.  A study released last week by scientists
from UCLA and the California Air Resources Board suggested that
ultrafine particle levels were between four and 37 times higher
in the area downwind of SMO than in neighboring areas. Posted. 


CA’s Climate Change Trilogy: Research, Reduce & Adapt.  With last
week’s release of a major climate adaptation plan draft from
California’s Natural Resources Agency, the state continues to
take bold steps to address climate change and cut pollution using
a “research, reduce and adapt” approach.The winning trilogy:
Conduct Thorough Research.  As EDF knows, good policy is grounded
in science. National and international reports warn us of the
dire consequences of climate change…Posted. 

Furman says EPA carbon rules won't hurt the economy. The
president's top economic adviser said yesterday that limiting
carbon emissions at power plants won't dampen the nation's
financial recovery, noting that it's "very easy" to create
economic benefits in the future landmark regulations. The
assertion by Jason Furman, chairman of the Council of Economic
Advisers, foreshadows one of the thorniest challenges in crafting
U.S. EPA's standards to address rising temperatures: public
concern about electricity prices and jobs. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059992104/print BY

Carbon budget attracts controversy as models try to map energy's
future. The value of energy companies, embodied by the size of
their reserves, could pop like a bubble. That was the conclusion
widely drawn from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's
fifth assessment report, released in October, which found the
world can emit no more than 469 gigatons of carbon to avoid the
worst effects of climate change. Energy companies have much more
than this amount of carbon trapped in their coal, gas and oil
reserves. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1059992080/print BY


2010 engine tech has nearly eliminated NOx, particulate matter
and other emissions, study says. A study touted this month by the
Diesel Technology Forum shows that emissions by trucks of
particulate matter, nitrous dioxide, nitrous oxide, carbon
monoxide and non-methane hydrocarbons have all been reduced by 97
percent or more by 2010 engine technology. The study was
conducted by the Coordinating Research Council and the Health
Effects Institute, and the Diesel Technology Forum says “clean
diesel technology” like exhaust aftertreatment…Posted.


Tesla gets state tax break. A state panel has granted a
$34.7-million tax break to Tesla Motors Inc., which makes
high-tech electric vehicles at facilities in Fremont and Palo
Alto. The California Alternative Energy and Advanced
Transportation Financing Authority this week approved the credit
on sales and use taxes that Tesla would have paid for equipment
to expand its production of electric cars and power trains.



Grover Beach mayor no longer represents city on air board.  About
five months after she authored a petition not authorized by the
Grover Beach City Council, Mayor Debbie Peterson has been removed
as the city’s representative on the county’s Air Pollution
Control District board.  The petition urged repeal of a
controversial dust-control rule affecting the Oceano Dunes
off-highway vehicle park.  Posted. 


Why are the Big Three resisting new mileage and emissions
standards? It is clear the new standards for mileage and
emissions are working, and more can easily be done. One year
after automakers began building cars to meet tough new mileage
and emissions requirements, it is clear the new standards are
working. An in-depth assessment by the Environmental Protection
Agency found that manufacturers are on track to deliver a fleet
by 2025…Posted.

Editorial: Plow under the ethanol mandate.  The nation needs a
more sensible approach to energy and environmental issues than a
heavy reliance on corn-based ethanol. Congress should end the
mandate to mix corn ethanol into the nation’s fuel. A handout to
the agriculture industry is not an acceptable substitute for
thoughtful federal policies.  Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.,
and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., last week introduced a bill to eliminate
the corn ethanol mandate. Posted. 


Know What's Cool in L.A.? Roofs. A new amendment to Los Angeles'
building codes now requires all new residential roofs to reflect
more sunlight, a move that should help the city reduce the
effects of global warming. The amendment to the city's Municipal
Building Code passed unanimously Wednesday by the Los Angeles
City Council and will require all new or rebuilt roofs to use
so-called "cool roof" material, which reduces the amount of solar
energy the roof absorbs -- helping reduce both heat inside the
home and the so called "urban heat island" effect. Posted.

Cadillac starts shipping 2014 ELR plug-in hybrid to dealers. 
Cadillac dealers will soon receive deliveries of the all-new 2014
ELR extended range electric luxury coupe. Shipments started from
General Motors' Detroit-Hamtramck facility this week, and initial
deliveries will take place after the first of the year. As with
the Chevy Volt before it, all dealers receiving the 2014 ELR have
been specially trained and certified to sell and service the
plug-in hybrid, including lessons in how to be an "ELR Concierge
Representative." Posted.

Ohio dealer group sues Tesla to stop direct EV sales.  Ohio auto
dealers will not let a legislative loss stop their fight against
Tesla Motors. Earlier this month, the California-based electric
vehicle company had to marshal its forces to stop a state law
(Senate Bill 137) that would have banned Tesla stores in Ohio.
The Ohio senate voted against the amendment, which set the stage
for the dealers to try a new strategy: getting rid of Tesla's
sales license through the courts. Posted.

100,000 Miles on a LEAF: That's Just the Beginning for Electric
Cars.  Electric cars have been in the mainstream for three years
now, and many people are using them as daily drivers. Inevitably,
that has led to some mega-users racking up very high mileage on
their cars. A 2012 Chevrolet Volt owner in Ohio, Erick Belmer,
has rolled up more than 120,000 miles. And a big star right now
is Steve Marsh of Kent, Washington, who was celebrated by his
state’s governor Monday for reaching 100,000 miles in his Nissan
LEAF. Posted. 

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