February 20, 1994 |
Can clean air be good for business--or will it just make us poor? For California, particularly struggling Los Angeles, those questions arose last week when the Environmental Protection Agency issued a comprehensive plan to clean up the air that includes stringent new rules for trucks, planes, trains and ships. Heavy trucks would have the same low-emissions requirements as passenger cars by 1999. Ships would have to reduce engine emissions when coming into the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
February 12, 1987 |
Breathing fog in California's San Joaquin Valley may be more dangerous than inhaling polluted air because particles of pesticides, chemicals and vehicle exhaust fumes accumulate in much higher concentrations in fog, scientists reported today. "There is a difference between inhaling vapors (in air) and inhaling concentrated particles (in fog). The particles stay in the lungs, whereas vapors can be exhaled," said James N.
July 17, 1990 |
The oil company that gave the world the Exxon Valdez oil spill hopes to score some environmental points with consumers by introducing lower-emissions gasolines in California today, joining three other refiners already selling such fuel here. Exxon Corp., the West Coast's fifth-largest retailer of gasoline last year, is expected to unveil a reformulation of its Exxon Extra premium unleaded gasoline at about 175 stations in the Los Angeles area.
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July 17, 1990 |
California residents will be protected from highly toxic dioxins emitted into their neighborhoods under a new state rule that will force more than 100 hospital incinerators to shut down within a year, air quality officials said Monday. The hospitals and health-care centers, which use the incinerators to burn infectious medical waste along with regular garbage, must cut dioxin fumes by 99% under a regulation adopted Friday by the California Air Resources Board.
August 25, 1987 |
Weekend painters around the state may find it more difficult and expensive to touch up their house trim, varnish their decks or stain their wood floors beginning Sept. 1 because of new regulations designed to reduce air pollution. The new rules, which mandate lower levels of solvents in certain oil-base paints and other coatings, have left many paint manufacturers, retailers and contractors confused and angry.
August 3, 1999 |
The California Air Resources Board may consider lowering the amount of sulfur allowed in the state's gasoline so autos can more effectively cut smog-producing emissions. The board's staff has drafted a preliminary proposal to lower the amount of sulfur allowed in gas from a maximum of 80 parts per million for any single batch to a maximum of 20 ppm to 30 ppm, according to documents released Monday.
August 5, 2000 |
California's already severe electricity squeeze could tighten further this summer if regulators don't ease up on air pollution rules, power company officials said Friday. The state's 1,000 power plants--many aging and burning natural gas--have been running so hard and long in this summer of electricity scarcity that many are close to spewing as much pollution as they are allowed for the year under their permits.
December 22, 2000 |
California's power plants are spewing large quantities of extra air pollution during the state's energy crunch--setting the stage for a high-stakes conflict between power producers and air quality regulators as the energy shortage continues. Earlier this month, regulators received a taste of problems to come when energy company AES Pacific Inc.
August 10, 1995 |
Air quality officials have proposed changes in California's controversial mandate for pollution-free cars to help bridge the gap between today's gasoline-powered cars and emerging electric vehicles. The proposal, discussed at an air agency meeting Wednesday, would modify the mandate to allow hybrid cars--those that run on both electricity and a small gasoline-powered engine. Such cars would qualify for partial credit toward meeting the zero emission requirements.