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April 2, 2011 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco this week upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's approval of caps on motor vehicle emissions, which environmental groups had argued failed to address hazardous air pollution faced by the 1.5 million people living next to Southern California freeways. The court ruled that the EPA's approval of proposed limits on the amount of motor vehicle emissions allowed in the region were adequate for the purposes of proceeding with California's transportation plans and projects.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2013 | By Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times
Despite a threefold increase in people and cars in the last 50 years, California's strict vehicle emissions standards have managed to significantly clear the state's air, according to new research. The study also found that Southern California's air chemistry has changed for the better. The amount of organic nitrates in the atmosphere - which cause smog's eye-stinging irritation - has drastically fallen off, according to federal researchers. Ozone and other pollutants have been monitored in the state since the 1960s.
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NEWS
January 12, 1988 | Associated Press
About 1,500 automobile emissions testing stations will begin operating here this month, the government newspaper El Nacional said Monday. The testing stations are the first ever in Mexico. An estimated 75% to 80% of all toxic emissions in the Mexico City metropolitan area are reportedly produced by the city's 3 million vehicles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2011 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco this week upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's approval of caps on motor vehicle emissions, which environmental groups had argued failed to address hazardous air pollution faced by the 1.5 million people living next to Southern California freeways. The court ruled that the EPA's approval of proposed limits on the amount of motor vehicle emissions allowed in the region were adequate for the purposes of proceeding with California's transportation plans and projects.
BUSINESS
September 21, 2006 | Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writer
The state of California sued the country's largest automobile manufacturers Wednesday, seeking billions of dollars for environmental damage caused by tailpipe emissions. It was the state's latest effort to combat the effects of greenhouse gases, which trap heat in the atmosphere and cause global warming. The lawsuit drew praise and criticism for Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer, who filed it on behalf of the state.
NEWS
December 4, 1992 | MARIA L. La GANGA, TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER
A fund of more than $10 million, designed to help local governments lower vehicle emissions, has been targeted by critics as an expensive "boondoggle" that would do little to improve the quality of air in the Southland. The South Coast Air Quality Management District received 310 proposals for a chunk of the funding, which comes from a $4 surcharge on all vehicle registrations. The district's board is scheduled to give final approval to 62 programs today.
NEWS
December 4, 1992 | MARIA L. La GANGA, TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER
A fund of more than $10 million, designed to help local governments lower vehicle emissions, has been targeted by critics as an expensive "boondoggle" that would do little to improve the quality of air in the Southland. The South Coast Air Quality Management District received 310 proposals for a chunk of the funding, which comes from a $4 surcharge on all vehicle registrations. The district's board is scheduled to give final approval to 62 programs today.
BUSINESS
October 27, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
That foul air covering most of Southern California could be as damaging to your car as to your lungs. Smoke, soot and ash from the wildfires will rule the skies for days, and the debris is falling like a constant mist and blanketing vehicles, possibly scratching and damaging paint.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2000 | GARY POLAKOVIC, TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER
The Southland's smog is working overtime these days, reaching peaks on weekends--not during weekdays. The shift puzzles experts and has led to new scrutiny of strategies that have been the bedrock of California's clean-air effort for a generation. Overall, air pollution across Southern California has declined markedly in recent years. But what experts call the "ozone weekend effect" is growing worse.
BUSINESS
December 27, 1989 | PATRICK LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No matter where you went this past September, it seemed impossible to escape actor James Earl Jones' mellifluous baritone extolling the virtues of Atlantic Richfield Co.'s new lower-emission unleaded gasoline, called EC-1. In advertisements that saturated radio, television, print media and even bus panels, Arco spent $10 million in only five weeks to make sure that the message got across: It had produced the first commercially marketed gasoline formulated specifically to help reduce smog.
BUSINESS
September 11, 2009 | Jim Tankersley
A federal lawsuit by two industry groups aims to halt the U.S. government and the state of California from moving ahead with new greenhouse gas emissions rules for cars and trucks -- an action that, if successful, could scuttle a key piece of the Obama administration's plans to set stricter nationwide standards for vehicles. The lawsuit may be the first of many legal challenges targeting President Obama's efforts to limit the heat-trapping emissions that scientists blame for global warming.
NATIONAL
January 26, 2009 | Ken Bensinger and Jim Tankersley
President Obama will direct the EPA today to reconsider a Bush-era decision that stopped California and more than a dozen other states from setting their own stricter limits on auto emissions, according to sources familiar with the matter. Should the agency allow a waiver from federal rules, states could require automakers to increase the fuel efficiency of cars and trucks far above current limits.
BUSINESS
January 22, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't waiting to press the Obama administration on one of California's top priorities -- regulating greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles. The Republican governor sent a letter to the new president asking him to give California and other states permission to implement tough tailpipe-emission standards. He wants the Environmental Protection Agency to reverse a 2007 Bush administration decision that states did not have authority to impose greenhouse gas standards for new cars and light trucks.
BUSINESS
April 10, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Ford Motor Co. said it would reduce new-vehicle greenhouse gas emissions 30% by 2020 in the U.S. and Europe. The announcement followed a deal between the automaker and shareholder groups including the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility. In 2003, Ford discarded its goal of improving mileage on sport-utility vehicles by 25% by 2005, saying instead it would boost mileage of all vehicles, without a specific target.
NATIONAL
March 1, 2008 | Margot Roosevelt, Times Staff Writer
California's states'-rights battle against the Bush administration over global warming was freed to move forward in federal court Friday, after the Environmental Protection Agency issued its long-delayed justification for blocking the state's 2002 law curbing greenhouse emissions from cars and trucks. EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson had written to Gov.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2008 | Margot Roosevelt
A bold proposal to control global warming gases from California automobiles was pulled Tuesday as the Assembly cut off debate on measures carried over from last year. Assemblyman Ira Ruskin (D-Redwood City) said he would reintroduce the California Clean Car Discount Act next month with unspecified amendments that he hopes will satisfy undecided Assembly members. The bill would impose one-time surcharges of up to $2,500 on gas guzzlers and use the money to give rebates on cars and light trucks that emit less carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.
NEWS
June 5, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Virginia will avoid Environmental Protection Agency sanctions by complying with its demand to devise a new method of testing vehicle emissions. The state will do whatever it takes to avoid a shutdown of northern Virginia road projects, including $132 million in road improvements for Disney's planned America theme park, state Transportation Secretary Robert Martinez said. The EPA threatened to halt the projects if the state does not submit a suitable plan.
BUSINESS
July 9, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
GM, Environmental Group Are Talking: The environmental group that helped persuade McDonald's to package food in paper instead of foam is discussing ways to cut air pollution with General Motors. The Environmental Defense Fund said the project will be partially funded with a $200,000 grant from a foundation. GM said two subjects will be intensely studied: Elimination of older, heavily polluting cars and cost-effectiveness of vehicle emissions standards.
NATIONAL
December 21, 2007 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
Environmentalists voiced confidence Thursday that California's bid to strictly limit greenhouse gases will survive a regulatory veto from the Bush administration, but the state's legal challenge first will have to go through an appeals court that tilts in favor of the federal government and industry. Often, those who want to sue can choose where to file their claims.
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