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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2009 | Catherine Ho
A federal district judge will hear arguments today over whether an air-pollution control agency issued invalid emission credits to businesses and public facilities in one of California's most polluted regions.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2012 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
The California Air Resources Board has ruled that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is solely responsible for controlling the choking dust storms that arise from the dry Owens Lake bed. The board said the DWP must take additional air pollution control measures on 2.9 square miles of the dry lake, which was drained to provide water to Los Angeles. The powder-fine dust arising from the bed often exceeds federal health standards. The DWP argues that it has already reduced dust pollution 90% at a cost to ratepayers of $1.2 billion.
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NEWS
November 22, 1991 | JUANITA DARLING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the eve of what promises to be one of the smoggiest winters ever for this contaminated city, government officials on Thursday announced additional anti-pollution measures that environmentalists termed disappointing. A 23-point program, ranging from burning cleaner fuels, to changing school schedules, to putting government messengers on bicycles, will take effect Dec. 1, said Mexico City Mayor Manuel Camacho Solis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 2012 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
As a boy, Ted Schade couldn't get enough of old westerns with heroes standing alone in defense of towns that wouldn't stand up for themselves. Now a 55-year-old man, Schade believes he is experiencing his own version of "High Noon. " As air pollution control officer in the 110-mile-long Owens Valley, Schade has forced the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to quell dust storms rising off the dry bed of Owens Lake, which L.A. drained to slake its thirst. Now the powerful utility is going after Schade.
NEWS
March 8, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, making good on an earlier promise, announced legislation that would create new regional agencies in California to oversee air pollution control, transportation and regional planning. Brown's measure would eliminate 20 air pollution control districts, 27 transportation planning agencies, seven water quality control boards and 20 local agency formation commissions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Some Fresno and Kern County supervisors are criticizing San Joaquin County's idea to create a northern San Joaquin Valley air pollution control district. San Joaquin County supervisors voted 4 to 1 on Tuesday to ask the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to consider placing Merced, Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties in a single district to meet federal clean-air standards.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 1999 | Chris Ceballos, (949) 248-2150
The City Council on Tuesday decided to lease four electric-powered pickup trucks, replacing gasoline-powered vehicles used by Parking and Code enforcement personnel. The cost to lease the four vehicles for three years will be $72,000, paid for by state air pollution control funds. Information: (949) 248-9890.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
An agency responsible for policing polluters throughout the San Joaquin Valley agreed Tuesday with environmentalists that it wasn't doing enough to keep the air clean. The San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District agreed to federal supervision for part of its cleanup plan for the area's notoriously bad air.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1991 | HUGO MARTIN
The Board of Supervisors will consider Tuesday a set of stringent air pollution control guidelines for outdoor paints that are designed to reduce hazardous emissions by one ton per day in Ventura County. The guidelines, proposed by the county's Air Pollution Control District, would prohibit the sale of at least 13 types of paints, including some types of wood lacquer, quick-drying enamels, industrial paints and primers.
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November 30, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
In an attempt to avoid state intervention, eight San Joaquin Valley counties have agreed to form a valleywide agency to control air pollution. Fresno County Supervisor Judy Andreen announced the agreement at a hearing before the state Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Wildlife. The hearing was called to consider a proposal by state Sen. Dan McCorquodale (D-San Jose) to require formation of a single air pollution control district in the San Joaquin Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 2012 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power filed a lawsuit Friday that would limit its spending on measures to stop massive dust storms at Owens Lake. The agency argues that the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District is unreasonable to order the DWP to eliminate dust on 2.9 miles of remote, geologically challenging lake bed. The DWP has already spent $1.2 billion to fulfill a 1997 agreement with the air pollution district to combat the powder-fine dust from the dry Owens Lake bed. The agency has reduced particle air pollution by 90% by introducing vegetation, gravel and flooding into vast areas of the lake bed. The 100-square-mile lake east of Sequoia National Park was transformed into dusty salt flats after 1913, when its supply of snowmelt and spring water was diverted into the Los Angeles Aqueduct.
WORLD
December 20, 2009 | By Jim Tankersley
When two weeks of climate negotiations finally wound to an overtime finish in Copenhagen, the goal of a new binding treaty to combat global warming still looked elusively far away. And, even for climate activists, the question was: "Is that so bad?" The summit officially ended Saturday with a gentlemen's agreement among the world's largest economies to take steps to curb greenhouse gas emissions, but no formal consensus on the part of the 193 nations present -- and no prescription for what comes next in the global negotiating process that is nearly 20 years old. It was a muddled mandate from a conference originally intended to produce a successor to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.
WORLD
December 10, 2009 | By Jim Tankersley
A double-decker white tour boat sailed Wednesday afternoon toward a crescent of giant steel propellers towering above the seawater and spinning in a stiff winter wind. The boat's guest of honor, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, rose to laud his hosts and to assure them that his country was taking steps to "get our act together" on offshore wind power. "We see Denmark as a leader and an example in wind, especially offshore," Salazar told a cabin filled mostly with European journalists and wind-energy officials.
WORLD
December 9, 2009 | By Jim Tankersley
Rae Kwon Chung glanced out the window of a terrace restaurant, down at hundreds of diplomats in suits and activists in T-shirts who milled happily in a grand atrium of Copenhagen's Bella Center. He frowned. His green tea cooled in the cup, barely sipped. "They're all obsessed with the deal and numbers," South Korea's climate-change ambassador said, explaining his frustrations with the negotiators and advocates assembled here to discuss carbon-emission cuts and forge what could be a landmark treaty on global warming.
NATIONAL
December 3, 2009 | By Jim Tankersley and Alexander C. Hart
Citing e-mails that critics say cast doubt on global warming, congressional Republicans called on the Obama administration Wednesday to suspend efforts to combat climate change until the controversy is resolved. In a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency, the lawmakers requested that a pending move to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act be halted, along with plans to limit emissions from vehicles, power plants and other sources, "until the agency can demonstrate the science underlying these regulatory decisions has not been compromised."
WORLD
November 16, 2009 | By Jim Tankersley
By acknowledging over the weekend that the world would have to wait at least until next year for a legally binding treaty to curb global warming, President Obama and fellow Pacific Rim leaders dramatically lowered expectations for next month's climate negotiations in Copenhagen. Yet, in the process, White House officials and many environmentalists say, the leaders may have boosted the chances for the U.S. Congress to pass landmark limits on greenhouse gas emissions -- and for the world to act in time to stave off the worst projected effects of rising temperatures.
BUSINESS
August 26, 2009 | Ronald D. White
Several of the nation's biggest trade associations have fired a warning shot across the bow of the Port of Los Angeles, urging it to cease lobbying efforts to change a federal law that could greatly affect the way cargo is hauled into and out of the nation's seaports. The warning came Tuesday in a letter signed by 24 groups representing U.S. retailers, agricultural interests, apparel and textile firms, trucking groups and logistics officials. It's a response to the port's recent hiring of Atlanta-based Gephardt Group to try to change part of the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act to help reduce air pollution at the port.
NATIONAL
August 22, 2009 | Jim Tankersley
A group of Midwestern Democrats is pushing for tariffs on products from countries that don't limit greenhouse gas emissions, a controversial step that the legislators say is needed to help American manufacturers survive expected emissions restrictions here. The Democrats say the measure would level the playing field for U.S. factories, which will probably face increased energy costs due to global warming legislation backed by the Obama administration. The legislation narrowly passed in the House in June and is pending in the Senate.
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