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June 14, 1992
We agree with The Times that opening 20 miles of new Orange Freeway car-pool lanes will help relieve north Orange County's strangulating traffic congestion ("Car-Pool Construction Picks Up Speed," editorial, June 7). Obviously, those 20% to 25% of the commuters now car-pooling will use the new lanes. But, more importantly, will restricting the new lanes to car-pool vehicles motivate any appreciable number of the remaining 75% to 80% to form new car-pools? Caltrans and the Federal Highway Administration say it won't.
June 20, 1989
The South Coast Air Quality Management District will consider July 12 whether to give the city of Los Angeles additional time to install a $1-million system to burn off gas generated by the Lopez Canyon landfill, where two workers were overcome by gas earlier this year. AQMD staff members recommended that if the city does get an extension, a warning should be issued that the city will be taken to court if the new deadline is not met. The city has been given one six-month extension--to July 1--to install the system at its dump above Lake View Terrace.
February 17, 1990
How ironic the juxtaposition of the news can be. On Feb. 9 the big story, nearly filling the first section of the paper, is the 394,000 gallons of oil spilled off the Orange County coast. A disaster that has all the politicians and conservation groups up in arms calling for new regulations. And then on Page 2 of Metro is a short little compilation put together by AQMD listing the 20 top releasers of hydrocarbons in the Air Quality Management District. The total annual release from just these few amounts to about 3.3 million gallons or the equivalent of one spill the size of the one off Huntington Beach every 33 days!
March 24, 1992
Mary Nichols and Tom Soto attack the smog emissions market proposed by the AQMD as costly and uneconomical ("Smog Trade-Offs: Devil Is in Details," Commentary, March 12). In truth , they are simply blinded by love for the current system of rigid air quality regulations. According to Nichols and Soto, market-based programs encourage fraud because they lack strict controls. The free market is too free. The development of an emissions market to replace the current system will allow the very flexibility needed to achieve our emission-reduction goals.
June 12, 1986 | LARRY B. STAMMER, Times Staff Writer
An influential state senator is mounting a drive that lawmakers and environmentalists said Wednesday may lead to the ouster of one of the most outspoken clean air advocates on the South Coast Air Quality Management District board. Sen. Ruben S. Ayala (D-Chino) said he wants to remove Sabrina Schiller as the Senate Rules Committee's appointee on the AQMD because she angered local politicians by going into their communities and criticizing their voting records on air pollution issues.
June 2, 1989 | From United Press International
A Superior Court judge Thursday rejected a request for a comprehensive environmental impact report on a proposed toxic waste incinerator in Vernon but ruled the plant must be equipped with up-to-date pollution controls before beginning operations. Judge Kurt Lewin's order would add at least $6 million to the incinerator's $29-million price tag and result in a delay of at least 20 months in beginning operations, said Alfred Grossman, chairman of Security Environmental Systems of Garden Grove, the parent company of the plant's builder, California Thermal Treatment Services.
November 22, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
Newport Beach residents may soon be one step closer to roasting marshmallows beach-side over natural gas-burning fire rings. City staff plans to recommend Tuesday that council members approve city participation in a pilot project with the South Coast Air Quality Management District to install natural gas fire rings in certain beach areasĀ  while removing some of the existing wood-fueled fire rings, the Daily Pilot reported. There are 33 fire rings in the sand near the Balboa Pier and 27 at Corona del Mar State Beach.
March 23, 1992 | JUDY PASTERNAK, Times Staff Writer
The South Coast Air Quality Management District staff will spend the next year designing a "smog exchange"--a trading market in pollution rights among industries in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. There may be at least three separate markets: one each in sulfur oxides, hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides. Another vote of the AQMD board will be necessary before trading can open. The California Air Resources Board and the U.S.
April 18, 1988
The president of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce rebuked The Times for its editorial, "Stalling on Smog" (letters, April 7). The rebuttal spoke of substituting bridges for walls. Actually, what the chamber is substituting is that well-known industry smoke screen calculated to obscure and confuse. Industry's well-financed lobby, fueled by the petroleum and utility giants, tries to portray its clients in a favorable light. However, does it not also have a moral responsibility to our local citizenry, even if these citizens do not pay dues?
December 4, 1987 | LARRY B. STAMMER and JEFFREY PERLMAN, Times Staff Writers
The cities of Los Angeles County failed Thursday night to appoint a representative to the reorganized South Coast Air Quality Management District board after a deadlock between four candidates. After only one ballot, officials from 57 of the county's 84 cities who attended the election voted to delay any further attempt to name a board member until Jan. 7--just one day before the new AQMD board is seated.
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