CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1997 |
Air pollution agencies in California, including the Los Angeles area, are failing to adequately penalize businesses that violate smog rules and pose a public health threat or nuisance, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says in a audit. The probe concludes that fines are too low, especially for repeat offenders, to ensure that companies are taking air quality violations seriously.
July 25, 1997 |
Smog-causing fumes from car waxes, carpet cleaners and a wide variety of other popular household products will be cut in half in California under a consumer products regulation unanimously adopted Thursday by the state's air board.
May 10, 1997 |
In a surprise move, half of the Southland's air quality board on Friday mounted an effort to oust the agency's top-ranking executives, including Executive Officer James M. Lents, who has served as the region's top smog-fighter for more than 10 years. After a fiery debate, the South Coast Air Quality Management District board deadlocked 6 to 6 in each of several votes to decide whether to renew the executives' contracts.
March 14, 1997 |
Gathered before a diverse group of Silicon Valley business leaders, Carol Browner had just described her agency's fiercely fought plan to set tough new limits on air pollution. Finished with her appeal, she stepped back, bracing for the questions. After all, as head of the U.S.
November 13, 1996 |
High-level Wilson administration officials acknowledged Tuesday that the new Smog Check II vehicle inspection program is plagued by start-up problems, but promised solutions before the program is fully implemented next year. "Together we can constructively discuss what's broken, fix the problem and improve the program," Undersecretary Anne E. Sheehan of the State and Consumer Services Agency told a legislative fact-finding hearing.
September 3, 1996 |
Nabbed by smog-busters and labeled "gross polluters," many California motorists are rebelling against the expense and inconvenience of the state's newly revamped Smog Check program. Kyoko Pleet, for one, feels she's paid her fair share--in time and money--to help clean Southern California's dirty air. After spending $500 to repair her 1987 Nissan Sentra's faulty carburetor, Pleet repeatedly called the jammed Smog Check phone lines to book an appointment at a newly created referee station.
June 27, 1996 |
Reducing toxic emissions by more than 60% over the last eight years, California is one of five states leading a downward trend in the amount of pollution released by factories, refineries and chemical plants into the country's air, water and land. According to figures released Wednesday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the level of toxic chemicals released into the nation's environment declined by 44% for the same period.
February 9, 1996 |
The Wilson administration on Thursday disclosed the details of a proposed deal to replace the state mandate that 20,000 electric cars be sold in California starting next year with voluntary contracts that let auto companies decide how many cars to produce. The terms prompted vehement protests from environmental groups complaining that the state's smog agency caved in to pressure from the auto industry.
December 22, 1995 |
Dramatically scaling back its pioneering mandate for mass-produced electric cars, the Wilson administration's air quality board Thursday signaled its intent to suspend its requirement for exhaust-free cars until 2003. In a move with far-reaching consequences, the California Air Resources Board revealed its plans to substantially ease the mandate. The decision came after nine months of intense lobbying and rampant speculation that the board was bowing to pressure from the auto and oil industries.
December 20, 1995 |
Detroit's auto makers argued that the California Air Resources Board was pushing too hard, too fast. The technology isn't ready and is too expensive, they said. Consumers will reject the cars. California's economy will be shattered. It was a tense time for members of the governor's air board. Responsible for cleansing California's grimy skies, they wanted to move decisively, yet feared forcing a promising but unproven smog-control technology on automobiles.