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newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for January 17, 2017.

Posted: 17 Jan 2017 15:36:04
ARB Newsclips for January 17, 2017. 

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EPA tentatively agrees to NO2, SO2 review deadlines. U.S. EPA
would commit to a series of hard deadlines for reviewing — and,
if necessary, updating — its ambient air quality standards for
nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide under a proposed consent
decree released today for public comment. The tentative
settlement, which still needs a judge's signature and must be
made final by President-elect Donald Trump's incoming
administration, would require EPA officials to move ahead with a
proposed rulemaking…

EPA again argues for remand of Texas haze regs. EPA has renewed
its call for a federal appellate court to permit the voluntary
remand of the disputed portion of regional haze regulations for
Texas and Oklahoma. In a motion filed Friday, EPA attorneys
reiterated that the remand would allow the agency to reconsider
those provisions in light of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals' decision…

EPA faults 15 states, D.C. on ozone plans. U.S. EPA has
officially faulted 15 states and the District of Columbia for
failing to turn in complete plans for meeting the 2008 ozone air
quality standard. Administrator Gina McCarthy signed the
"findings of failure" to submit state implementation plans (SIPs)
Friday. They will take effect 30 days after publication in the
Federal Register, starting the clock on a two-year process…

Miss. manufacturing workers exposed to toxins — EPA. Hundreds of
workers in a Grenada, Miss., manufacturing facility are likely
inhaling toxic air during the workday, according to a study
released by U.S. EPA. Cancer-causing vapor flows inside the
Grenada Stamping facility at rates higher than the federal action
level, which is the highest threshold created by the agency.

Beijing cracks down on pollution with $2.6B plan. Beijing's 2017
air quality goal is more than twice the World Health Organization
standard, according to an announcement by the city's mayor
Saturday. The Chinese capital has experienced persistent high
levels of air pollution in recent weeks. "We will work hard to
keep PM2.5 at an annual average of around 60 micrograms per cubic


Xi at Davos Urges Trump to Stay in ‘Hard Won’ Paris Climate Deal.
Chinese Premier Xi Jinping urged climate change skeptic Donald
Trump to keep the U.S. in the “hard won” Paris agreement during a
Davos speech that touted the world’s largest polluter as a leader
in the fight against global warming. Speaking at the World
Economic Forum’s annual meeting, Xi said “all signatories must
stick to” the 2015 Paris deal to limit global…


Northeast warming more rapidly than most of US. New England is
likely to experience significantly greater warming over the next
decade, and beyond, than the rest of the planet, according to new
findings by climate scientists at the University of Massachusetts
Amherst. The region’s temperatures are projected to rise by an
average of 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels by

30 years of cold and darkness may have killed the dinosaurs. The
Cretaceous Period, famous for being the last age of the
dinosaurs, seems to have ended on a cold and dark note.
Researchers trying to reconstruct the mass dinosaur extinction
more than 60 million years ago, widely believed to have been
caused by the impact of an asteroid striking the Earth, may have
found another piece of the puzzle.


Drought-to-Drenched California Faces H20 Balancing Act. Rain has
finally been falling hard in California, where reservoirs are
filling up fast. After six years of punishing drought, that’s
obviously a good thing. But it creates a balancing-act challenge
for the state’s water managers. Keep too much holed up in storage
and the system will overflow if the precipitation keeps coming.

California sees minor dip in water conservation. Water
conservation for the state neared 19 percent this past November.
That’s a slight decrease from 20.2 percent in November of 2015
before state-mandated conservation targets were lifted, according
to a media release from the State Water Resources Control Board.
The statewide savings from June 2015 to November 2016 is 22.6
percent, the board added…


In Pruitt's Hearing for EPA Chief, His Fossil Fuel Ties Will Take
Center Stage. Oklahoma AG's Senate hearing on Wednesday may be
among the toughest of Trump's nominees as environmentalists aim
to muster fierce opposition. Among Donald Trump's cabinet
nominees awaiting Senate confirmation, few are expected to face
tougher scrutiny than Scott Pruitt, the president-elect's pick to
head the Environmental Protection Agency.

BLM rule survives initial court challenge. The Obama
administration's plan to cut methane emissions on public lands
will take effect as scheduled today after a federal court last
night rebuffed industry and state attempts to block the rule. The
U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming denied requests
from two industry groups and three states, which had asked for a
preliminary injunction halting implementation of the Bureau of
Land Management's…


Robocars find prime parking in the high-tech spotlight. Desert
Inn Road was clogged with traffic and workers moving exhibits for
CES, the massive consumer electronics expo at the Las Vegas
Convention Center. But the blue Hyundai Ioniq hybrid easily
zigzagged through the mess, driving itself and a few reporters
around obstacles with ease. The car and its passengers were there
to attend CES.


A Big Test for Big Batteries. In Southern California in the fall
of 2015, a giant natural gas leak not only caused one of the
worst environmental disasters in the nation’s history, it also
knocked out a critical fuel source for regional power plants.
Energy regulators needed a quick fix. But rather than sticking
with gas, they turned to a technology more closely associated
with flashlights: batteries.

Clean-energy accelerator goes global. Energy "accelerators" are
in vogue right now as a way to speed young clean-energy companies
to market and curb climate change. Most focus on one geographic
area, but a new one will span the globe, drawing the
participation of utilities from Singapore to Dubai, United Arab
Emirates, to Ireland.
And though it is organized out of California and will have a
focus on Silicon Valley…


Environmental groups ramp up campaign against Pruitt. Progressive
activists and environmental groups today escalated their lobbying
against Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R),
President-elect Donald Trump's pick for U.S. EPA administrator,
as he prepares for his confirmation hearing this week. Protesters
organized by 350.org staged a sit-in at the office of Sen. Joe
Manchin (D-W.Va.), who has been positive about Pruitt.

Green rules don't cost jobs — report. Amid the GOP battle cry to
roll back environmental regulations they say burden the economy
and kill jobs, a green group has released a report rebutting that
claim. The Environmental Integrity Project examined data from the
Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Office of Management and
Budget and analysis from dozens of economists and researchers.


In Paramount pollution crisis, outrage is justified: Anthony
Rendon. If you suddenly discover a hazardous toxin in your home,
the immediate response is shock and fear, whether the threat is
radon in the soil, lead in water pipes or carbon monoxide leaking
from a heater. Fear has hit the community I live in. Late last
year, the residents of Paramount learned that our air betrayed
levels of toxic chromium 6…

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

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