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November 25, 2009 | By Margot Roosevelt
California officials on Tuesday issued the nation's first blueprint for a broad-based cap-and-trade plan, an innovative and controversial effort to use market forces to control global warming. FOR THE RECORD: Cap-and-trade program: An article in Wednesday's Section A on California's cap-and-trade program quoted Greg Karras, senior scientist for Communities for a Better Environment, as saying that the program was "institutionalized environmental justice." Karras called it "institutionalized environmental injustice."
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.
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.
December 20, 2003 | Miguel Bustillo, Times Staff Writer
Former state Resources Secretary Mary Nichols will move into academia next year as the new head of the UCLA Institute of the Environment. Nichols said she hopes to more closely tie the research work of UCLA's faculty with the real-life problems facing state and local government. She previously headed the group Environment Now and worked as assistant administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under President Clinton. More recently, she served as resources secretary under Gov.
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.
January 21, 2010 | By Margot Roosevelt
Ozone from Asia is wafting across the Pacific on springtime winds and boosting the amount of the smog-producing chemical found in the skies above the western United States, researchers said in a study released Wednesday. The new study, published in the journal Nature, explores a phenomenon that has puzzled scientists in the past decade: Ground-level ozone has dropped in cities thanks to tighter pollution controls; but it has risen in rural areas in the western U.S., where there is little industry or automobile traffic.
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.
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.
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.
July 25, 2008 | Margot Roosevelt, Times Staff Writer
California regulators adopted the world's toughest pollution rules for oceangoing vessels Thursday, vowing to improve the health of coastal residents and opening a new front in a long battle with the international shipping industry. The rules, which take effect in 2009, would require ships within 24 nautical miles of California to burn low-sulfur diesel instead of the tar-like sludge known as bunker fuel.
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