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December 24, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has cleared the way for automakers to produce hydrogen-powered fuel-cell cars to meet zero-emission vehicle requirements in California and 10 other states. In a waiver signed last week, EPA officials approved amendments adopted in 2003 by the California Air Resources Board that allow manufacturers to produce fuel cells as an alternative to battery-powered cars and light trucks previously required by the state.
December 22, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
DaimlerChrysler and its Mercedes-Benz USA unit agreed to pay a $1.2-million civil penalty for failing to disclose defects in air pollution controls on Mercedes vehicles from 1998 to 2006, the Justice Department said. Failing to notify the Environmental Protection Agency of emission-control defects is a violation of the Clean Air Act, the Justice Department said in a statement in Washington.
November 30, 2006 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court appeared closely divided Wednesday over an environmental challenge to the Bush administration's refusal to regulate the greenhouse gases that are believed to cause global warming. At issue is whether a dozen blue states, led by California and Massachusetts, can spur federal regulators to limit vehicle emissions.
September 27, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
General Motors Corp., Toyota Motor Corp., Ford Motor Co. and other automakers have won a court bid to challenge California rules limiting tailpipe emissions linked to global warming. A federal judge in Fresno, in a ruling filed Monday, turned down California's request to dismiss the case, saying the issues raised by the auto companies in the 2004 lawsuit should be decided in a trial. U.S. District Judge Anthony Ishii did not rule on the merits of the case. A trial is scheduled for Jan. 16.
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.
September 16, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
California should be permitted to enact the world's toughest vehicle-emission standards to combat global warming, state Deputy Atty. Gen. Mark Melnick argued in federal court Friday. Automakers are challenging 2004 rules that set tailpipe emission standards for greenhouse gases, which are designed to cut polluting exhaust from cars and light trucks by 25% and from sport utility vehicles by 18%.
April 20, 2006 | Janet Wilson, Times Staff Writer
The California Air Resources Board today is expected to approve an ambitious plan to reduce pollution from the state's booming goods-movement industry. Targeting cargo ships, tractor-trailer trucks and freight trains, the plan calls for reducing total emissions from those sources to 2001 levels by 2010, and for cutting diesel emissions by 85% by 2020.
April 14, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
The U.S. market share for diesel-powered cars and light trucks will almost quadruple by 2015 as automakers meet fuel-efficiency demands and as state emission rules become uniform, J.D. Power & Associates said Thursday. Diesel vehicles will account for 11.8% of U.S. sales by 2015, increasing from 3.2% last year, the marketing research firm estimated. The worldwide share for such cars and trucks will rise to 34.2% from 24.7% during the period, according to a J.D. Power study. In the U.S.
November 18, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
The founder of Save the World Air Inc., a North Hollywood company that claimed it had built a device to boost gas mileage and reduce auto emissions, was ordered Thursday to pay $7.6 million for allegedly cheating investors. Jeffrey Alan Muller was ordered by a federal court in New York to return the money he made when the stock soared in 1999 and 2000 on false sales reports of the "zero-emission fuel saver" device, the Securities and Exchange Commission said in a statement.
August 14, 2005 | Miguel Bustillo, Times Staff Writer
For anyone who has ever been stuck behind a car belching thick black plumes of pollution, Southern California's smog cops have a message that some will find reassuring: They will soon be scanning the streets for smoky clunkers.
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