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November 16, 2007 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
Big Brother is watching your car. The South Coast Air Quality Management District is targeting vehicles in Orange County this week, using remote smog sensors to nab gross polluters -- about 10% of all vehicles on Southland roadways. AQMD officials said that because those vehicles create 50% of the smog, the state would help the owners with repair costs or pay them to scrap the vehicles.
November 12, 2007 | Evelyn Larrubia, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Board of Education is beginning to explore policies that would preclude schools from being built close to freeways and reduce air pollution at the dozens of campuses that already are located near major roadways. The push for reform comes in the wake of an article in The Times in September revealing that more than 60,000 L.A. Unified students attended school within 500 feet of a freeway -- where large concentrations of pollutants are found.
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.
October 24, 2007
California is expected to file suit against the United States next week in a sad jurisprudential waste of time and taxpayer money brought to you by an environmentally delinquent Bush administration. No one disputes that California has the authority under the Clean Air Act to enact environmental regulations that are stricter than federal standards.
October 20, 2007 | Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writer
California will sue the Bush administration next week in a bid to force the Environmental Protection Agency to allow the state to issue greenhouse gas regulations for automobiles. The lawsuit, which would make good on a threat made six months ago by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, will demand that federal regulators give California a waiver under the U.S. Clean Air Act, as they've done dozens of times for similar air pollution controls. "The governor has made his intention clear.
October 6, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Automakers said they would appeal a ruling by a federal judge in Vermont that said states could regulate greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles. The industry, represented by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, has argued that federal law preempts state rules in the regulation of fuel economy standards. The trade group represents nine automakers.
October 3, 2007 | Margot Roosevelt, Times Staff Writer
State Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown, joining with national environmental groups, will petition the Bush administration today to crack down on global warming emissions from ocean-going vessels, which make more than 11,000 calls at California ports each year. The petition opens a new front in the battle by California and other states to force the federal government to regulate greenhouse gases. Until now, the focus had been on emissions from cars, trucks, power plants and other U.S.-based industries.
September 25, 2007 | Richard Simon, Times Staff Writer
washington -- A key congressional Democrat on Monday accused the White House of working behind the scenes "to stack the deck" against California's efforts to impose new restrictions on vehicle greenhouse-gas emissions. The Environmental Protection Agency's decision whether to permit the state to impose its own standards is "supposed to be made on the merits," said Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Los Angeles). But, he asserted, administration officials -- led by Secretary of Transportation Mary E.
September 21, 2007 | margot roosevelt, Times Staff Writer
Don't want to fork out for a Prius? Can't see tanking up with ethanol? Can't afford solar panels for your roof? Not to worry, you can still do something to fight global warming: Live closer to work. That's one conclusion of a major national report published Thursday by the nonprofit Urban Land Institute.
September 19, 2007 | Ralph Vartabedian, Times Staff Writer
If you think your everyday exhaust fumes are a private matter -- maybe your dirty little secret -- you haven't met up with Southern California's new pollution detectives. In recent weeks, an innocuous white van has been parked on a Los Angeles freeway onramp, as well as other key locations across the region. Inside is new technology in the battle for cleaner air.
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