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ARB Newsclips for June 27, 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 Watch Air Quality Above U.S. Cities Clear Up in Seconds. U.S. city-dwellers can breathe easier than they have in years. Satellite maps released this week by NASA show a pervasive drop in nitrogen dioxide, which is emitted by cars, trucks, power plants and other combustion-fired machinery. That’s a boon for people who prefer inhaling air to corrosive industrial exhaust. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-27/watch-air-quality-above-u-s-cities-clear-up-in-seconds.html CSU study: Simple steps on farm can cut pollution. Corn farmers could slash carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to climate change by nearly half simply by reducing the amount of fertilizer they apply on their fields, according to a new study from Colorado State University. The research by the CSU team also found that a group of farmers reduced carbon emissions by 65 percent by tilling less often. Posted. http://www.bcbr.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140627/EDITION/140629957&template=printart EPA science advisers endorse tighter ozone standard. U.S. EPA science advisers have officially endorsed a tighter ozone standard in the range of 60 to 70 parts per billion. In a letter to EPA yesterday, the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee said the current standard of 75 ppb was too high to protect people from asthma and other health problems. The committee said it based its recommendation on scientific evidence from clinical, epidemiological and animal toxicology studies. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1060002104/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY EPA moves to cut greenhouse gases used in refrigeration. U.S. EPA released a proposal today aimed at phasing out the use of potent greenhouse gases in refrigerants and air conditioning. Written under Clean Air Act authority, the new proposal would add non-climate-forcing chemicals to the Significant New Alternatives Policy Program, a list of approved chemical alternatives to ozone-depleting substances controlled under the Montreal Protocol. It will undergo a 60-day public comment period. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1060002099/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Walmart, 18 Other Companies Fined for VOC Emissions. Nineteen companies including Walmart and Bumble and Bumble have been fined a total of $233,175 for air pollution violations in California, according to the Air Resources Board. The 19 cases involved companies manufacturing or selling consumer products that exceeded California’s standards for volatile organic compounds (VOCs), amounting to more than 11 tons of excess VOC emissions. Posted. http://www.environmentalleader.com/2014/06/27/walmart-18-other-companies-fined-for-voc-emissions/ CLIMATE CHANGE Some state agencies prepare to challenge new EPA carbon rule. States have had several weeks to mull over U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan (CPP), which, once finalized, would set standards for greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. While most are keeping mute as they analyze the rule and prepare to submit comments, a few early movers have already taken action, either to challenge the rule or comply with it -- and, in some cases, both. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2014/06/27/stories/1060002062 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DIESEL EMISSIONS CARB Approves $85 Million for Clean Truck Technology Projects. The California Air Resources Board said it has approved $85 million for advanced-technology, heavy-duty truck projects to help improve the state’s air quality. CARB said it plans on spending $10 million to $15 million to purchase heavy-duty hybrid and electric vehicles, such as delivery trucks, and about $25 million for large-scale pilot projects to demonstrate zero-emission technology in the freight sector. Posted. http://www.ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=35365&t=CARB-Approves-%2485-Million-for-Clean-Truck-Technology-Projects FUELS CBO predicts higher gas prices under the renewable standard. Meeting the renewable fuel standard's total volume mandates would raise gas prices and have a negligible effect on food prices, according to the Congressional Budget Office. In a report released yesterday, the office found that complying with the renewable fuel volumes that Congress laid out in the 2007 RFS would raise diesel prices by up to 14 percent by 2017. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1060002085/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES S.D. gets grant for 41 electric car chargers. San Diego has been awarded a $500,000 state grant to install 41 electric vehicle charging stations throughout the city. The goal is to encourage more people to choose electric cars, which reduce air pollution and help slow down climate change, by making it easier to charge them. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jun/26/tp-sd-gets-grant-for-41-electric-car-chargers/ GREEN ENERGY Rooftop solar leases put off some buyers when homeowners sell. Dorian Bishopp blames the solar panels on his roof for costing him almost 10 percent off the value of the home he sold in March. That's because instead of owning them he leased the panels from San Jose-based SunPower, requiring the new owner of the house to assume a contract with almost 19 years remaining. He had to shave the asking price for the house in Maricopa, Arizona, to draw in buyers unfamiliar with the financing arrangement. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/News/ci_26042228/Rooftop-solar-leases-put-off-some http://www.contracostatimes.com/News/ci_26042228/Rooftop-solar-leases-put-off-some MISCELLANEOUS Feds nix eagle penalties for California wind farm. A California wind farm will become the first in the nation to avoid prosecution if eagles are injured or die when they run into the giant turning blades, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday. The Shiloh IV Wind Project LLC, 60 miles east of San Francisco, will receive a special permit allowing up to five golden eagles to be accidentally killed over five years. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_WIND_ENERGY_EAGLE_DEATHS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT High-End Homes With High-End Air Purification Systems. The demand for 'particle-free' living spurs some luxury developers to install elaborate filtration systems. Alongside infinity pools and gourmet kitchens, more high-end developers and luxury-home builders are pitching a new amenity: freshly circulated, highly scrubbed air. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/articles/high-end-homes-with-high-end-air-purification-systems-1403823216 Test drive an electric car in Berkeley on Saturday at Farmers' Market. The public is invited to test drive electric cars for free from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in an event sponsored by Bay Area's regional air pollution and transportation planning agencies. It will be held at the Berkeley Farmers' Market on Center Street between Milvia Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/News/ci_26041054/Test-drive-an-electric-car-in http://www.insidebayarea.com/News/ci_26041054/Test-drive-an-electric-car-in OPINIONS Court ruling is a victory for EPA authority. The following editorial appeared in the Dallas Morning News on Friday, June 27: The U.S. Supreme Court got it right this week when it upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions. In two well-balanced rulings, a split court made clear that the EPA has broad, but not unlimited, authority and the court pointedly warned that it will take a dim view if the EPA intrudes into the power of Congress or interprets its powers too aggressively. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/06/27/6516981/court-ruling-is-a-victory-for.html#storylink=cpy http://www.modbee.com/2014/06/27/3412861/court-ruling-is-a-victory-for.html Editorial: Big Tobacco kills sensible e-cig bills. Rep. Jackie Speier last week proposed federal legislation to regulate e-cigarettes like tobacco products. Forgive us if our hopes are less than high. Only a few months ago, state lawmakers in California were full of plans to limit the sketchy electronic devices, which heat a nicotine solution to create vapor that may or may not be hazardous to the health of those who inhale it. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/06/27/6515470/editorial-big-tobacco-kills-sensible.html#storylink=cpy BLOGS Industry Complaints About the New EPA Carbon Pollution Rule? We've Heard It All Before. The argument industrial polluters and their friends in Congress are making against the new Environmental Protection Agency plan to curb power plant carbon emissions should sound familiar. After all, it's the same scare tactic they trot out every time the government proposes stricter emission controls: exaggerate the cost, overstate job losses, and completely ignore the benefits. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/elliott-negin/industry-complaints-about_b_5535545.html EVs get support in Canada with big tax incentives, wireless EV charging. Perhaps a confluence of larger public and private incentives will help EV reach the tipping point north of the border. Canadian consumers are now privy to company, provincial and dealership incentives that could total more than C$12,000 ($11,200 US) for battery-electric cars such as the Smart ForTwo ED and Ford Focus Electric. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/06/26/ev-support-in-canada-with-tax-incentives-wireless-ev-charging/ To motivate climate activists, use optimism. So it turns out, hope is important. Did we know that already? We sort of knew that already. But — according to a new study put together by Yale’s Climate Change Communication Project — hope is particularly critical as a motivator in the very doom-heavy world of climate change activism. Posted. http://grist.org/climate-energy/to-motivate-climate-activists-use-optimism/ California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.