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July 23, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
California air pollution officials approved a new rule Thursday that will make it illegal to leave diesel-powered trucks and transit buses running idle for longer than five minutes. The California Air Resources Board passed the new restriction in hopes of cutting vehicle emissions of tiny particles linked to respiratory problems, and the gases that help form smog. The rule will take effect next year. Violators will be subject to a $100 fine.
June 16, 2004 | Miguel Bustillo, Times Staff Writer
New car owners would not have to take their vehicles in for a smog check for six years under a proposal by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, although, as part of the bargain, they would be charged twice as much in annual air pollution fees. The governor's proposal would add two years to the current four-year smog check exemption for new cars. But in exchange, owners would have to pay $12 annually to the state during those six years -- twice the current $6 exemption fee.
December 21, 2003 | Gary Polakovic, Times Staff Writer
A new smog rule advocated by the Bush administration would lead to more tailpipe emissions and more years of bad air in Southern California, an environmental group and state air quality officials warn. The administration has attached the rule to a new initiative that governs how much smog is allowed in a community throughout the day. Ozone is the primary ingredient of smog. The initiative was drafted in 1997 by the Clinton administration and is scheduled to take effect in 2005.
September 26, 2003 | Gary Polakovic, Times Staff Writer
The California Air Resources Board adopted new regulations Thursday to curb pollution from lawn mowers, chain saws and leaf blowers, setting the stage for a showdown with Congress over regulatory authority. The Air Resources Board also adopted a regulation that would make California the first state to require retrofitting of garbage trucks to eliminate soot from diesel exhaust.
August 29, 2003 | Aaron Zitner, Gary Polakovic and Elizabeth Shogren, Times Staff Writers
The Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it would not force automakers, oil companies or others to reduce "greenhouse gas" emissions from automobiles, a decision that may complicate efforts by California and other states to limit the release of carbon dioxide. The EPA denied a 1999 petition from environmental groups, which had asked the agency to use its powers under the Clean Air Act to regulate carbon dioxide and other emissions from new vehicles.
July 16, 2003 | Gary Polakovic, Times Staff Writer
Southern California smog fighters, who have succeeded for a generation in achieving dramatic improvements in air quality, now face a daunting future -- air quality has taken a turn for the worse at a time when most of the needed emissions reductions are largely outside their control. For the region to meet even the most minimally protective air pollution standards, overall emissions must be slashed by about 50% in just seven years.
July 7, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
The Environmental Protection Agency is investigating whether the state misrepresented the progress of its auto emissions testing program and allowed polluting vehicles to remain on the road. Since the state adjusted its testing software in 2001, 4% to 5% of cars and light trucks tested have failed -- well below the expected failure rate of 10% to 15%. According to documents obtained by the Boston Globe, the test is not accurately measuring nitrogen oxides, which contribute to air pollution.
May 31, 2003 | John O'Dell, Times Staff Writer
General Motors Corp. said Friday that it has begun talks with the state in hopes of settling state and federal lawsuits it filed to block California's zero-emission-vehicle mandate. The suits were filed last year by GM, the world's largest carmaker, and DaimlerChrysler. The carmakers argued that the ZEV mandate was an effort to force them to sell battery-powered electric vehicles for which, they said, there was no market.
February 7, 2003 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
WASHINGTON -- The proposals were perhaps the two biggest surprises in President Bush's State of the Union speech last week: a big nudge by the government to get Detroit to produce environmentally clean cars that would wean Americans from gas-guzzling vehicles, and a massive U.S. effort to fight AIDS around the world. Sound familiar? They should. Each took root during the Clinton administration and became part of Vice President Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign.
January 14, 2003 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
An experimental program that lets motorists tap a pool of electric cars at the Irvine train station is gaining popularity among Orange County companies and institutions interested in alternative means of transportation. The pilot project allows commuters and their employers to share as many as 50 low-emission vehicles for trips to and from the Irvine Transportation Center and for errands during the workday.
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