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February 4, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
A group representing Honda Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co. joined a lawsuit meant to halt California's plan to curb car and truck emissions of gases linked to global warming, uniting every major automaker in opposition to the program. The Assn. of International Automakers, which lobbies on behalf of Honda, Nissan, Hyundai Motor Co., Kia Motors Corp. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp., said Thursday that it was joining a suit filed Dec.
December 8, 2004 | From Associated Press
Automakers are generally doing a poor job in lowering emissions that contribute to global warming, despite continued success in reducing pollution that causes smog, an environmental group said Tuesday. Japanese manufacturers again made the cleanest-burning vehicles, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists' biennial report, which focused on the 2003 vehicles from the six largest automakers in the U.S. market in terms of sales. Honda Motor Co.
September 23, 2004 | Miguel Bustillo, Times Staff Writer
California, long a leader in cutting-edge rules to combat air pollution, is poised this week to adopt the world's first regulation to reduce car emissions that contribute to global warming. The state's latest attempt to be an environmental trailblazer is almost certain to bring a legal challenge from the automobile industry, which accuses the state of using global warming as an excuse to set a new gasoline mileage standard for the entire nation. It also sets up a confrontation between Gov.
September 15, 2004 | Ralph Vartabedian, Times Staff Writer
You can't argue with 1,200 tons of pollution, the approximate amount of ozone-forming gases that comes from the dirtiest cars every day in California. The vast majority of these cars are more than 10 years old and they are kept on the road by a mix of people who cannot afford anything newer and hobbyists who have fought politically for an exemption from pollution laws. These cars are so dirty that they produce 30 to 50 times the emissions per mile that new cars put out.
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.
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