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Inside Cal/EPA - 06/15/2018

  • Brown, Lawmakers Delay Votes On GHG, ZEV Budgets To Hold More Talks

    The Brown administration and Senate and Assembly leaders are delaying action on fiscal year 2018-19 budget plans for revenue generated by the greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program and the governor's multi-fund spending plan for expanding zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) sales and infrastructure, in order to hold more talks about the proposals.

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  • ARB Floats Controversial LCFS Credit Rules For Hydrogen, Fast EV Charging

    California air board staff is detailing new regulatory proposals under the low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) that will expand credit for hydrogen fueling stations and fast charging for electric vehicles (EVs), two controversial amendments that were ordered last month by board members despite an acknowledgment that they stray from the program's foundational aim for "fuel neutrality."

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  • DTSC Plan To List Laundry Detergent Chemical Draws Support, Opposition

    The toxics department's plan to potentially list nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) in laundry detergent as a "priority product" for review under its Safer Consumer Products (SCP) green chemistry program is drawing praise from environmental and public health groups but opposition from chemical company representatives.

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  • Officials Ready Launch Of Panel To Assess Performance Of GHG Trading

    A new legislatively mandated advisory panel administered by Cal/EPA that is tasked with providing a new level of accountability for the environmental and economic performance of the state's greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program and other climate policies is preparing to hold its first meeting on June 20.

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  • ARB Officials Detail Draft Plan To Implement Landmark Air Quality Law

    California air board officials in a draft blueprint for implementing the landmark 2017 air quality law AB 617 are detailing how they would identify disadvantaged communities, craft statewide strategies to reduce emissions and develop community emission reduction programs and air monitoring campaigns.

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  • Environmentalists Appeal CEQA Ruling Backing Kern County Oil & Gas Plan

    Environmentalists are appealing a March superior court ruling that largely backed Kern County's 2015 oil and gas drilling ordinance, charging that the plan contains numerous violations of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and should be decertified and rewritten before any permits are issued.

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  • Judge Rejects AG's Motion To Lift Stay On Glyphosate Prop. 65 Warnings

    A federal district court judge has rejected a motion by Attorney General (AG) Xavier Becerra (D) to lift a preliminary injunction that bars the state from requiring companies beginning July 7 to provide Proposition 65 cancer warnings for products that contain the widely used herbicide glyphosate.

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  • Mileage Fee Research Bill Draws Concerns Over Limited Pilot Results

    A leading Senate Democrat's bill to extend research on a potential new state mileage-based fee on motorists that would replace the gasoline tax is drawing questions and concerns from some lawmakers over a recently completed pilot project that officials admit failed to include enough low-income residents and people in other demographics.

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  • Automakers Seek To Bolster ZEV Policies Even As GHG Rule Rollback Looms

    Automakers are urging the nine mostly Northeastern states that have adopted California's zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) sales mandate under the Clean Air Act to bolster complementary policies such as consumer rebates and charging station deployment, asserting that government policy is falling behind industry's efforts to sell such vehicles.

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  • EPA's Planned Glider Truck Repeal Appears 'Stuck' Absent Political Pressure

    U.S. EPA's pending rule to repeal Obama-era greenhouse limits on high-emitting "glider" trucks, which was slated for release last month, is stuck in regulatory limbo and may not advance unless EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt or White House budget director Mick Mulvaney opt to wield political influence and order its release without a required regulatory impact analysis (RIA).

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