February 25, 2000 |
Smoke-spewing transit buses must disappear from California's streets over the next several years under a far-reaching regulation unanimously adopted Thursday by the state Air Resources Board. The new rules will require buses to use alternative fuels or cleaner diesel technology mandated in steps that would clean the entire fleet by 2007.
January 28, 2000 |
California's air quality board on Thursday delayed a decision on a far-reaching regulation that would gradually replace polluting diesel transit buses with cleaner technologies. After a six-hour hearing, state Air Resources Board Chairman Alan Lloyd said that too many concerns remained about the proposal to adopt it immediately.
December 15, 1999 |
Atlantic Richfield Co. will begin selling a cleaner diesel fuel for Southern California municipal fleet vehicles, in a new formulation that Arco believes will help reduce sooty emissions significantly, the Los Angeles oil company will announce today. The new diesel contains one-eighth the sulfur of that currently sold, an improvement that will decrease toxic emissions from buses and trucks that have been retrofitted with catalytic converters.
December 7, 1999 |
Gov. Gray Davis called on federal environmental regulators Monday to grant California's request for a waiver from federal Clean Air Act requirements, so the state can speed efforts to remove the additive MTBE from gasoline. Davis issued an executive order earlier this year directing that oil companies remove MTBE by 2002. On Monday, Davis appeared at a news conference with Tosco Corp.
November 18, 1999 |
California's children are breathing unhealthful exhaust spewed by diesel school buses that are among the oldest and highest-polluting in the nation, according to a report to be released today by a Los Angeles environmental group. The report, by the Coalition for Clean Air, urges Gov.
October 30, 1999 |
Cars and trucks are responsible for a much larger share of California's smog than previously documented--a revelation that may force air quality officials to redouble their efforts to clean up vehicle emissions, according to new data released Friday. The tonnage of smog-forming gases that waft from vehicles in the Los Angeles Basin is two to three times greater than the California Air Resources Board had been estimating, according to a new emissions inventory developed by the state agency.
October 29, 1999 |
In its long-running battle against smog, the state Air Resources Board on Thursday voted to require manufacturers of a lengthy list of consumer products--from hair mousse to air freshener--to reduce the amount of fumes that waft into California's air. The regulation, adopted unanimously, is the sixth sweeping set of pollution standards over the past 10 years that target items found in most Californians' kitchens, garages and bathrooms.
September 23, 1999 |
Every day, Californians allow huge volumes of gasoline fumes to seep into the air, causing smoggy skies. But it's not just from cars. Or boats. Or even lawn mowers. It's also from gas cans. The small, portable containers are so leak-prone and ubiquitous--Californians own an estimated 10 million of them--that they account for as much smog-forming pollutants as 1 million cars, according to state air experts.
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.
April 15, 1999 |
The unpopular--and possibly unconstitutional--California smog impact fee could be around longer, after legislation to abolish the tax was dealt another major setback earlier this month. Ever since I wrote about the $300 smog tax assessed on individuals who move into California with cars from other states, I have been inundated with letters from readers who argue that the tax is unfair and they want their money back.