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Inside Cal/EPA - 08/10/2018

  • ARB Seeks To Retain Strict Vehicle GHG Rules With Oil, Auto Sector Threats

    In response to U.S. EPA's proposal to roll back its vehicle greenhouse gas standards, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) is taking a major step to change its own nearly identical standards to clarify that automakers would only be "deemed to comply" with the state standards if they are meeting the current limits, not any weaker federal standard.

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  • Deal To Mitigate Aliso Methane Leak Sparks Criticism Over Dairy Projects

    A proposed legal pact between the California air board, local governments and Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) to mitigate the massive 2015-16 methane leak at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility is drawing criticism, including that it inappropriately allows the utility to pay for dairy digester projects in the Central Valley.

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  • ARB, Industry Advance Joint Plan To Shift EV Rebate System Under LCFS

    The California air board, automakers and utilities are advancing a joint proposal to shift low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) crediting for electric vehicle (EV) charging from an individual utility-based system to a statewide, higher profile "point of purchase" rebate for purchasers of EVs at dealerships.

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  • California Still Failing To Meet Fuel-Cell Vehicle, Hydrogen Station Targets

    California is still failing to reach its goals for building hydrogen fueling stations and selling fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and must significantly ramp up efforts to have any chance to meet such targets, including having 200 hydrogen stations operating in 2025 and putting 1 million FCEVs on the road by 2030, according to a state report.

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  • EPA Bid To Revoke California Vehicle GHG Waiver Targets Years-Old Rulings

    The Trump administration's newly released plan to roll back vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy rules details its legal rationale for why it can revoke California's unique power to set GHG limits for vehicles, an effort that could require reversal of two 2007 rulings that rejected claims that federal fuel economy law preempts the state's program.

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  • Auto Rule's Safety Claims Draw Skepticism Over Agencies' VMT Estimates

    Defenders of U.S. EPA's current vehicle greenhouse gas program are expressing major doubts about assumptions in the Trump administration's rollback plan that cut estimated vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in both new and old vehicles, a decision that underpins the plan's claimed benefit of reducing accident-related deaths.

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  • Judges Query Jurisdiction In Suit Over Border Wall's Environmental Impact

    Appellate judges are wrestling over which court, if any, has jurisdiction over a suit by environmentalists and California trying to block construction of the Trump administration's southern border wall, with the judges' questions at oral argument focusing almost entirely on whether the case falls under a law that limits judicial review of such projects.

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  • States, Environmentalists Fight EPA's Bid To Moot Glider Enforcement Suit

    States and environmentalists are fighting U.S. EPA's claim that litigation over its enforcement waiver of glider truck emissions rules is moot after the agency withdrew it, arguing that an appellate court should still rule on the legality of the waiver in case EPA tries to revive it and warning that mooting the case could complicate future glider rule enforcement.

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