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ARB Newsclips for April 18, 2014. 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 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. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CEMENT_POLLUTION?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT#3e9f8ecf-53c2-412f-9926-84eb1e077d2c 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. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-irwindale-attorney-sriracha-plant-20140417,0,7827443,print.story 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. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/APNewsBreak-State-rejects-Hanford-proposal-5413132.php CLIMATE CHANGE 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. http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/04/18/thanks-in-part-to-climate-change-the-american-west-will-see-more-fiery-summers/ SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DROUGHT 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. http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/04/17/3882818/sneeze-wheeze-allergies-valleys.html?sp=/99/217/&ihp=1 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. http://www.npr.org/2014/04/17/304143230/unlikely-partnerships-spring-from-california-water-crisis FUELS 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. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-gas-prices-20140418,0,5851200,print.story 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. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/What-s-Holding-Back-U-S-LNG-Export-Projects-5413126.php 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. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/LNG-Could-Save-Your-Rail-Stock-Billions-of-Dollars-5412909.php 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. http://www.contracostatimes.com/portal/west-county-times/ci_25590885/residents-express-outcry-over-chevron-richmonds-modernization-project?source=rss&_loopback=1 GREEN ENERGY 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. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-17/ukraine-seeks-to-boost-biomass-to-lessen-dependence-on-russia.html 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. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/apr/17/tp-county-extends-rooftop-solar-program-to-homes/ 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. http://www.modbee.com/2014/04/17/3297764/northwest-fresno-development-recognized.html#storylink=cpy 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, Calif…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059998144/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS 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. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Norwalk-woman-cited-for-clean-energy-financing-5411587.php OPINIONS 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. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/17/6332368/climate-misinformation.html#storylink=cpy 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. http://www.appeal-democrat.com/opinion/our_views/our-view-air-resources-board-should-consider-easing-up-a/article_2067ada6-c6aa-11e3-b732-0017a43b2370.html California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.