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November 13, 2008 | Margot Roosevelt, Roosevelt is a Times staff writer.
Mary Nichols, the savvy negotiator who is leading California's complex effort to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, is reportedly a candidate to head President-elect Barack Obama's Environmental Protection Agency. Nichols, 63, is chairwoman of the state's powerful Air Resources Board. She was a high-level EPA official under President Clinton, serving as the agency's assistant administrator for air and radiation. Appointed to head the state air board by Gov.
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September 28, 2007 | Janet Wilson, Times Staff Writer
The California Air Resources Board on Thursday banned popular in-home ozone air purifiers, saying studies have found that they can worsen conditions such as asthma that marketers claim they help to prevent. The regulation, which the board said is the first of its kind in the nation, will require testing and certification of all types of air purifiers. Any that emit more than a tiny amount of ozone will have to be pulled from the California market.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The City Council on Wednesday approved Wally Knox as a Department of Water and Power commissioner. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appointed Knox to the job to replace Mary Nichols, who left to become head of the California Air Resources Board. Knox, an attorney, is a former Democratic assemblyman who served with the mayor in the Assembly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2010 | By Margot Roosevelt
Nearly a third of older-model cars stopped for roadside smog tests in Southern California failed them, despite having received a passing grade at inspection stations within a year, a state audit has found. The results of those surprise inspections of 6,000 models manufactured before 1996 have led law enforcement officials to crack down on unscrupulous stations, step up fines and file more criminal charges. Legislation introduced in the California Assembly this week would allow the state to bar low-performing test stations from conducting smog checks.
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December 30, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Department of Water and Power on Thursday questioned a regulatory agency's decision to expand by 9.3 square miles the 29-square-mile area in the Owens Valley where the city is spending $415 million to reduce dust. DWP Board President Mary Nichols said it is premature for the air pollution district to expand the area for dust reduction before her agency has completed work in the existing target area.
BUSINESS
April 3, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Green, Green, It's All Green: The fifth annual Eco Expo exhibition of environmental goods, billed as the world's largest "green" trade show, runs Friday through Sunday at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The more than 400 exhibits, open to the public from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday ($7 adults), offer everything from environmental computer games to test drives of the latest alternative-fuel vehicles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 1992
The Los Angeles City Council Tuesday unanimously confirmed Mayor Tom Bradley's appointment of civil rights attorney Constance Rice to the powerful Department of Water and Power Commission. Rice, western regional director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, is the only African-American on the five-member commission. She replaces environmentalist Mary Nichols on the board of the DWP, which provides water to about 3.
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May 17, 1990
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has hired a team of consultants for a two-month study of the energy efficiency and conservation practices of the utility as well as its customers, Mayor Tom Bradley announced Wednesday. Working in conjunction with the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental group, the DWP hired two firms for $88,000 to conduct the study to help determine what policies should be undertaken to improve energy efficiency, Bradley said.
BUSINESS
May 5, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
When Tesla Motors reports its first-ever profit Wednesday, much of the money will come courtesy of the state of California. In its zeal to push electric cars into the market, the state has created a system in which Tesla can make as much as $35,000 extra on each sale of its luxury Model S electric sports sedans. That's because the Palo Alto company qualifies for coveted state environmental credits that it can turn into cash. These Zero Emission Vehicle credits could put as much as $250 million in Tesla's coffers this year, according to one Wall Street analyst, and they are a key reason the 10-year-old automaker has survived this long.
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