Thursday, April 24, 2014

Business, health and enviro groups team up to fight weakening of diesel controls in California

[editor's note: they buried the proverbial lede in the following release, but it remain an important topic as California considers changes that could weaken its crucial diesel cleanup program]
Contact:  Chris Miller
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - Manufacturers, truck owners, and public health, science and environmental groups called on the California Air Resources Board (ARB) to continue making progress on cleaning up pollution from heavy-duty trucks and buses.  The ARB is holding a hearing starting at 9am to consider amendments to the successful truck and bus rule, which has resulted in approximately 50,000 retrofits and reduced several thousand tons of particulate matter (PM) pollution to date.   

Chris Miller, Executive Director of the Advanced Engine Systems Institute, said, “We urge ARB to be consistent and continue to strengthen implementation of the truck and bus rule.  This is an important issue for those truckers who have already acted in good faith to install or buy advanced pollution control equipment and for the manufacturers of that equipment who deserve the regulatory certainty necessary for investing in clean air technologies." 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

ICYMI: Manufacturers Fire Another Volley in Campaign to Block Tougher Smog Standards

This is part of a coordinated polluter campaign aimed at torpedoing EPA efforts to set tougher national smog standards:   

 In recent weeks, business groups have also:  

--asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the already too weak smog standards set by the Bush administration in 2008.

--sought to dissuade EPA’s science advisers from endorsing tougher standards

--enlisted local elected officials to press their case with the science advisers (even to the point of instigating obvious Astro-turf communications to the advisers)

--obviously orchestrated House and Senate attacks on EPA “secret science” (or do you really think congressional aides have enough time between pouring cups of coffee for their bosses to research and write up this stuff on their own?)                                                                                                       

I realize virtually all the media and big environmental group focus is on carbon.  But I would not ignore this issue.  Obviously the business groups aren’t.



Monday, April 14, 2014

News From Texas: New Study Links Fracking to Dallas-Fort Worth Smog

For More Information:                                                                               
Jim Schermbeck,
Downwinders at Risk   

Citizens Win First Public Airing of UNT Study Linking Fracking to DFW Smog This Thursday

Results contradict state officials’ claims that gas industry pollution has no significant impact on the region’s chronic smog

(Arlington) Results of new UNT study linking fracking pollution to DFW’s chronic smog problem will be presented at this Thursday’s regional clean air meeting in Arlington after local citizens groups fought for its inclusion on the agenda.

According to its author, the report directly contradicts the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s (TCEQ) assertion that Barnett Shale mining and production pollution has no significant impact on local ozone levels.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Putin Ploy Prevented -- at Least in the U.S.!

Here is a quick update for those of you who have been following the attempt by Russia to delay for five year the pollution control requirements for new big ships within 200 miles of the U.S. coast:

At a meeting today in London , an international maritime body officially rejected Russian leader Vladimir Putin's pollution ploy.

The bottom line: the U.S. will be able to enforce pollution control standards in 2016 as originally planned in the 200-mile "emission control areas."  That means any big ship built in 2016 and later which enters these clean-ship areas must meet strict standards for smog-forming nitrogen oxides. (There is an exemption for so-called "super yachts," whose owners perhaps will spend money to influence U.S. elections rather than clean up their ships.  The U.S. had not planned to regulate them in the same way anyway.)

The outcome is a victory for breathers in the U.S. Unfortunately, the international body did agree to a compromise that could delay similar health safeguards for those living in Baltic countries and others without existing "emission control areas."

So Putin did get something this week other than a divorce.