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Inside Cal/EPA - 10/12/2018

  • Automakers Support ARB ZEV Fleet Rule Plan To Help Satisfy Mandates

    Automakers are strongly supporting the California Air Resources Board's (ARB) proposal for new zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) regulations for light- and heavy-duty, public and private fleets, arguing such measures should be paired with the state's ZEV sales mandate to ease compliance and to achieve the state's lofty ZEV goals for 2025 and 2030.

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  • Industry Charges South Coast RECLAIM Phaseout Skirting Legal Mandates

    Industry groups are charging that one of the South Coast air district's initial regulatory actions to begin phasing out its embattled nitrogen oxide (NOx) and sulfur oxide (SOx) pollution trading program runs afoul of legal mandates to conduct socioeconomic and other impact analyses, potentially signaling litigation over the issue.

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  • Next VW Spending Plan Focuses $100 Million On EV Charging In Metro Areas

    Volkswagen is proposing to spend about half of its next round of $200 million zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) investments in California -- required by the landmark 2016 legal settlement over the company's diesel emissions scandal -- on battery-electric vehicle (BEV) charging in nine metropolitan areas around the state.

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  • Newsom, Cox Spar Over CEQA, Energy Costs, Climate Change In Debate

    In their first and only scheduled debate, gubernatorial candidates Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) and businessman John Cox (R) sparred over the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and its effect on affordable housing development, energy costs and climate change, among other issues.

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  • Industries Claim Unfair Exclusion From Air Law's Regional 'Steering' Panels

    Industry and business groups are claiming that they are being unfairly excluded from some of the community steering panels that are being set up in 10 areas of the state chosen by the California air board to be the first to receive new air monitoring and mitigation programs under the landmark 2017 clean air law AB 617.

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  • Report Floats Mitigation Options For CEQA Vehicle Trip Reduction GHG Rule

    A University of California-Berkeley report is floating policy options for government agencies that set up mitigation banks or exchanges to aid compliance with a new California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) rule requiring an assessment of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) to measure transportation impacts from development projects.

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  • Judge Rejects CBE Suit Over South Coast's Refinery Project CEQA Review

    A superior court judge has rejected an environmental justice group's suit claiming that a South Coast air district environmental review of a refinery expansion project failed to adequately assess adverse greenhouse gas and air pollution impacts, finding the facility will not boost emissions or spur processing of dirtier crude oils.

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  • Despite Setbacks, Climate Nuisance Suit Backers Eye Long-Term Success

    Local and state governments appear largely undeterred in their campaign to bring climate change nuisance suits against major oil and gas producers, despite early setbacks such as a pair of adverse federal court rulings and increased opposition to the effort from industry and Republican officials.

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  • Critics Cite High Court Ruling To Fight Trump Claim Of Car GHG Rule's Risk

    Critics are pouncing on the Trump administration's claim that its proposed rollback of vehicle greenhouse gas standards is justified because it would only result in a "minimal" rise in global temperatures, arguing that it conflicts with a landmark Supreme Court ruling.

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