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ARB Newsclips for January 17, 2017. 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 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… http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/01/17/stories/1060048500 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… http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/01/16/stories/1060048437 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… http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/01/16/stories/1060048419 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. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/01/16/stories/1060048429 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 meter,"… http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/01/16/stories/1060048420 CLIMATE CHANGE 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… https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-16/climate-experts-see-xi-touting-clean-energy-leadership-at-davos?utm_source=Inside+Climate+News&utm_campaign=e5b1326469-Today_s_Climate12_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-e5b1326469-327747457 https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-15/ignoring-trump-s-skepticism-davos-elite-bets-on-climate-change https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/15/business/world-economic-forum-davos-shifting-us-stance-on-climate-change.html?_r=0&utm_source=Inside+Climate+News&utm_campaign=e5b1326469-Today_s_Climate12_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-e5b1326469-327747457 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 2025… https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/01/12/northeast-will-experience-faster-warming-from-climate-change-new-study-finds/nitce6eK8zqQN2LXZXgvwK/story.html 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. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/01/17/stories/1060048449 DROUGHT 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. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-17/drought-to-drenched-california-faces-h20-overload-balancing-act 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… http://www.theunion.com/news/local-news/california-sees-minor-dip-in-water-conservation/ FUELS 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. https://insideclimatenews.org/news/15012017/scott-pruitt-epa-chief-oklahoma-attorney-general-climate-denial?utm_source=Inside+Climate+News&utm_campaign=e5b1326469-Today_s_Climate12_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-e5b1326469-327747457 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… http://www.eenews.net/energywire/2017/01/17/stories/1060048454 VEHICLES 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. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/01/16/stories/1060048190 GREEN ENERGY 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. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/14/business/energy-environment/california-big-batteries-as-power-plants.html?mtrref=t.co 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… http://www.eenews.net/energywire/2017/01/17/stories/1060048408 MISCELLANEOUS 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. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/01/17/stories/1060048505 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. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/01/17/stories/1060048477 OPINIONS 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… http://www.presstelegram.com/opinion/20170113/in-paramount-pollution-crisis-outrage-is-justified-anthony-rendon California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.