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In California, Even Heavy Equipment Goes Green

In California, Even Heavy Equipment Goes Green

LOS ANGELES, California, January 8, 2009 (ENS) – The Puente Hills Landfill hosted a rare group of federal and state environmental officials on Monday. They met at the waste disposal site to view tractors, bulldozers and refuse compactors that are ahead of schedule in meeting California’s new, stringent diesel emissions standards for heavy equipment. The…

New California Cars Display Smog, Global Warming Scores

New California Cars Display Smog, Global Warming Scores

SACRAMENTO, California, January 2, 2009 (ENS) – As of January 1, every 2009 model year and newer car built for sale in California will be required to carry a label that clearly ranks the vehicle’s environmental impact. A vehicle’s certification level can be found under the hood on the vehicle emissions control information label. The…

California Rules First in U.S. to Cut Diesel Truck Emissions

California Rules First in U.S. to Cut Diesel Truck Emissions

SACRAMENTO, California, December 12, 2008 (ENS) – The California Air Resources Board today adopted two regulations aimed at cleaning up harmful emissions from the estimated one million heavy-duty diesel trucks that operate in California. The regulations are the first of their kind in the United States. Heavy-duty big rigs are the largest remaining source of…

Holiday Gift Warning: Avoid "Indoor Smog-making Machines"

Holiday Gift Warning: Avoid "Indoor Smog-making Machines"

SACRAMENTO, California, December 9, 2008 (ENS) – The California Air Resources Board has issued a consumer alert, advising holiday shoppers not to purchase air purifiers or air cleaning devices that intentionally generate ozone. Some devices that are advertised as “air purifiers,” air cleaners, or ozone generators purposely emit large amounts of ozone, the main component…

California Leads States Demanding EPA Tackle Global Warming

California Leads States Demanding EPA Tackle Global Warming

SACRAMENTO, California, December 4, 2008 (ENS) – California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. once again is urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to use its authority under the Clean Air Act to combat climate change. With U.S. greenhouse gas emissions rising year after year, according to a report issued this week by the U.S.…

Reports: California Climate Law Will Aid Economy, Health

Reports: California Climate Law Will Aid Economy, Health

SACRAMENTO, California, September 19, 2008 (ENS) – A first in the country, California’s climate change law, AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, will provide net benefits to the state’s economy and also to public health, according to reports issued Thursday by the state agency charged with implementing the law. The California Air…

States, Enviros Warn EPA Over Ship, Aircraft Emissions

States, Enviros Warn EPA Over Ship, Aircraft Emissions

WASHINGTON, DC, August 3, 2008 (ENS) – Formal letters warning of impending lawsuits over the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s failure to address greenhouse gas emissions from ocean-going ships and aircraft have been filed by four state attorneys general, three state agencies, New York City and a coalition of conservation groups. The conservation groups’ notice of…

California Issues World's Strictest Marine Diesel Emission Rule

California Issues World's Strictest Marine Diesel Emission Rule

SACRAMENTO, California, July 24, 2008 (ENS) – The roughly 2,000 ocean-going vessels that visit California ports each year will have to operate on low-sulfur fuel in the future after the California Air Resources Board today adopted a regulation that requires the cleaner fuel. The board says that when the phase-in is complete in 2012, the…

Automakers Make No Headway Against California Clean Car Law

Automakers Make No Headway Against California Clean Car Law

SACRAMENTO, California, June 29, 2008 (ENS) – A federal judge has denied the latest attempt by automobile manufacturers to invalidate the California law that regulates greenhouse gas emissions from cars. Often called the California Clean Car Law, or the Pavley law because it was introduced by then Assemblywoman Fran Pavley, the measure was enacted on…

Green Power, Cleaner Cars, Carbon Trading in California's Future

Green Power, Cleaner Cars, Carbon Trading in California's Future

SACRAMENTO, California, June 29, 2008 (ENS) – By the year 2020, California utilities will produce a third of their energy from renewable sources such as wind, solar and geothermal, under a draft plan to address climate change released Thursday by the California Air Resources Board. Overall, the Climate Change Draft Scoping Plan aims to reduce…

Californians Dying Prematurely from Particles in Vehicle Exhaust

Californians Dying Prematurely from Particles in Vehicle Exhaust

SACRAMENTO, California, May 23, 2008 (ENS) – Every year, up to 24,000 Californians die prematurely because they breathe fine particle pollution over a long period of time, according to research presented Thursday to the California Air Resources Board. A majority of these deaths occur in highly populated areas around the state, including the South Coast,…

Pepsi Bottling Group Trucker Penalized for Air Pollution

Pepsi Bottling Group Trucker Penalized for Air Pollution

SACRAMENTO, California, April 7, 2008 (ENS) – One of Pepsi Bottling Group’s overland trucking contractors has been fined $280,125 by the state of California for violating air quality laws during 2006-2007. The California Air Resources Board, ARB, said Friday that New Bern Transport Corporation of Indianapolis, Indiana failed to conduct required inspections of their heavy…

California Buyers of Clean Vehicles to Receive Rebates

California Buyers of Clean Vehicles to Receive Rebates

SACRAMENTO, California, February 23, 2008 (ENS) – The California Air Resources Board is offering up to $5,000 in rebates to Californians who purchase alternative fuel and electric vehicles.. Overall, $1.62 million in funding will be dispensed under the Fueling Alternatives rebate program administered by the California Center for Sustainable Energy. The program is part of…

States Petition EPA to Control Climate Gases from Nonroad Engines

States Petition EPA to Control Climate Gases from Nonroad Engines

SACRAMENTO, California, January 28, 2008 (ENS) – California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. will host a news conference Tuesday announcing a petition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency asking the agency to adopt greenhouse gas emissions standards for nonroad vehicles, engines and equipment. Other states, government agencies, and national environmental organizations that are joining…

Chemical Exposures Cost California $2.6 Billion in 2004

Chemical Exposures Cost California $2.6 Billion in 2004

LOS ANGELES, California, January 21, 2008 (ENS) – High mercury levels and more than 100 synthetic chemicals and pollutants have been found in breast milk, umbilical-cord blood, and other bodily tissues of California residents, yet state laws regulating hazardous chemicals have serious gaps and fail to protect public health and the environment, finds a new…

Ace Hardware Fined $850,000 for Selling Polluting Wiper Fluid

Ace Hardware Fined $850,000 for Selling Polluting Wiper Fluid

SACRAMENTO, California, January 10, 2008 (ENS) – In its largest consumer product settlement ever, the California Air Resources Board has fined Ace Hardware $850,000 for selling windshield washer fluid in stores throughout the state that failed to meet California air emissions requirements. ARB cited the hardware chain for selling windshield fluid that was specially formulated…

California Sues EPA for Rejecting Tailpipe Emissions Law

California Sues EPA for Rejecting Tailpipe Emissions Law

SAN FRANCISCO, California, January 2, 2007 (ENS) – The California government today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for “wrongfully and illegally” blocking the state’s tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions standards. Fifteen other states joined the California lawsuit, and in addition, five nonprofit groups today filed suit challenging the EPA’s decision. The waiver,…

Illegal Gas Cans Cost Wal-Mart $250,000

Illegal Gas Cans Cost Wal-Mart $250,000

SACRAMENTO, California, December 26, 2007 (ENS) – Wal-Mart has paid $250,000 to settle air quality violations stemming from the chain’s sale of illegal portable gas cans throughout the states. This is the fourth time in recent years that Wal-Mart was found to be distributing illegal gas cans. The company sold portable fuel containers that create…

California Leads the Charge to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

California Leads the Charge to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

The increasing concern about global warming has put pressure on all states to change their habits, though taking the first initiative can be difficult. California is taking that step forward by passing a bill that will require immediate efforts in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Environmentally conscious goals have been made official in California. By 2020,…