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newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for April 18, 2014.

Posted: 18 Apr 2014 11:18:43
ARB Newsclips for April 18, 2014. 

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Appeals court rejects challenge on cement plants. A federal
appeals court has turned aside a challenge by environmental
groups to an air pollution standard for cement plants. In a 3-0
decision, the appeals court said the emissions-related provisions
of the Environmental Protection Agency standard are permissible.

Sriracha plant's possible move out of Irwindale called 'very
extreme'. Irwindale's city attorney said he was confused and
disappointed to hear that Sriracha hot sauce creator David Tran
is seriously considering moving his factory -- the source of a
months-long battle over spicy odor complaints -- out of the city.
“This seems very extreme,” City Atty. Fred Galante said. “It's
disappointing given that [air quality officials] have explained
that there are readily available solutions.” Posted.

APNewsBreak: State rejects Hanford proposal. The state of
Washington is rejecting the U.S. Department of Energy's proposal
to amend the federal court agreement governing cleanup of the
Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation's most polluted nuclear
weapons production site.  The state on Friday sent a letter to
federal lawyers, saying the March 31 proposal that would have
eliminated many deadlines for Hanford cleanup "is not acceptable
to Washington." Posted.


Thanks in part to climate change, the American West will see more
fiery summers.  Wildfires are getting bigger and more frequent in
the American West. It’s not your imagination.  And the summers
ahead will bring more of them, even larger than the ones that
came before.  Posted. 


Sneeze, wheeze, allergies: Valley's drought making it worse. Read
more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/#storylink=cpyThe drought is
drying up Valley farms -- but not noses. The dry, warm spring has
kicked allergy season into overdrive. Pollen counts began spiking
early, in February instead of their typical arrival this month,
and except for a storm or two in March there hasn't been rain to
wash the pollen away. Posted.

Unlikely Partnerships Spring From California Water Crisis. At a
recent rally in Fresno County, Calif., farmers in plaid shirts
stood side by side with migrant farmworkers in ball caps, holding
signs that read "sin agua, no futuro" and "no water, no food."
Fresno is the top agriculture-producing county in the U.S., with
more than $6 billion in annual sales. Protesters argued that
farms could go out of business without more water, and there
would be mass layoffs. Posted.


Gasoline prices jump in California as refineries encounter
trouble. The statewide average for a gallon of regular has surged
13 cents in a week. Analysts differ on when prices will begin to
drop. Problems at some of the state's fuel refineries have sent
gasoline prices soaring in California just in time for the
kickoff of the busy driving season. A gallon of regular gasoline
hit a statewide average of $4.196 on Thursday, up about 13 cents
in a week, according to AAA. That's the highest price since March
2013. Posted.

What's Holding Back U.S. LNG Export Projects? With the U.S.
currently awash in natural gas, the nation's government is
accelerating the pace of approvals for projects that seek to
export domestic natural gas in the form of liquefied natural gas.
However, despite broad support for LNG exports by the Obama
administration, only one export project has been given the final
go-ahead to begin construction. Posted.

LNG Could Save Your Rail Stock Billions of Dollars. In 2012, the
seven largest freight railroad companies spent $11 billion to
guzzle more than 3.6 billion gallons of diesel fuel. But new
government projections point to massive savings if corporations
like Berkshire Hathaway's BSNF Railway and CSX Corporation can
make the switch from diesel to LNG. Here's what you need to know.

Residents express outcry over Chevron Richmond's modernization
project. More than 60 people addressed the city's Planning
Commission on Thursday, saying the environmental report
describing Chevron Corp.'s proposed $1 billion modernization of
its local refinery does too little to reduce pollutants and
ensure safety. "The proposed way that Chevron wants to run its
plant is unacceptable," said Mike Parker, a resident and mayoral
candidate. Posted.


Ukraine Seeks Renewable-Energy Boost to Counter Russia.  Ukraine
is seeking U.S. investment in its biomass, wind and solar power
industries. The idea is to use renewable energy to curb its
reliance on fuel imports from Russia, which annexed Ukraine’s
Crimea region last month and has troops massed on the border.

County extends rooftop solar program to homes.  County officials
are predicting a boom in rooftop solar installations in
unincorporated areas after the Board of Supervisors approved a
program that allows homeowners to finance the work through their
property tax bills. “This is a great, sunny day for the
unincorporated area of San Diego County,” Supervisor Dianne Jacob
said after the board action. Posted.

Northwest Fresno development recognized for green construction
practices.  The Offices at Palm Crossing, a Lance-Kashian & Co.
development in northwest Fresno, received an LEED Platinum rating
for new construction from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED,
or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, ratings are part
of a green building certification program that recognizes
sustainable building strategies and practices, according to the
USGBC. Posted.

BLM advancing large Calif. project with measures to avoid
condors, eagles. The Obama administration has completed the draft
environmental analysis of a commercial-scale wind farm project in
the foothills of the Tehachapi mountain range, an area that has
some of the nation's best wind resources near habitat for
California condors and golden eagles. The Bureau of Land
Management today released a draft environmental impact statement
(EIS) for the Tylerhorse Wind Project in Kern County,
http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059998144/print BY


Norwalk woman cited for clean energy financing. Connecticut has
been hailed as a poster child for clean energy reform and
Norwalk's Jessica Bailey was recognized at the White House on
Thursday for her commitment to affordable, smart energy options
that have helped preserve the state's environment and revitalize
its economy. Bailey, director of Connecticut's Commercial and
Industrial Property Assessed Clean Energy program, was named one
of 10 "Champions of Change" at the Solar Summit. Posted.


Climate misinformation. Re "Climate crisis reprieve" (Letters,
April 17): Letter writer Paul Brady calls out the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for changing its
tune in its most recent report. This is patently false. By
comparing numbers that are not directly comparable, he weaves a
fictitious tale of the boy-who-cried wolf variety. Climate
models, although not perfect, have their foundations in
fundamental physical principles…Posted.

Our View: Air Resources Board should consider easing up a bit. 
Here's hoping the state's Air Resources Board eases up a little
on regulations that phase out older diesel engines.  It's
important that we continue to work to improve our air quality;
but it's also important that we don't put our economic
cornerstone — agriculture — at risk.  Posted. 

California is in a drought emergency.
Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.

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