Southern California smog worsens for second straight year despite reduced emissions

[Source: Los Angeles Times] Southern California smog worsened for a second straight year in the latest sign that progress in cleaning the nation’s most polluted air is faltering. The dive in air quality comes even though emissions are declining, forcing regulators to explain why returns are diminishing after years of progress battling smog. Ozone, the Read More…

CARB approves cap-and-trade improvements

[Source: California Air Resources Board] Following more than 18 months of review and public comment, the California Air Resources Board today approved amendments to the state’s cap-and-trade program that improve its implementation and the state’s effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Today’s amendments also establish a framework for the program’s annual limits on greenhouse gas Read More…

Questions remain as Gov. Brown signs legislation to address neighborhood-level air pollution

[Source: Los Angeles Times] Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed legislation aimed at improving air quality in disadvantaged communities, a key step in shifting the debate over how the state fights climate change and an issue that has tested the influence of environmental justice advocates The law imposes new requirements to monitor and reduce pollution Read More…

State air board OKs Southern California smog plan at Riverside meeting

[Source: The Press Enterprise] The California Air Resources Board voted to approve Southern California’s smog clean-up plan during their meeting in Riverside on Thursday, March 23. Board officials said that low- and zero-polluting trucks are essential if the plan is to succeed. The Environmental Protection Agency needs to work expeditiously to develop standards for much Read More…

Air quality board set to adopt smog plan with voluntary measures for ports, tougher rules on refineries

[Source: The Los Angeles Times] Southern California air quality regulators are poised to adopt a pollution-reduction plan Friday that relies on voluntary measures from ports, warehouses and rail yards responsible for much of the region’s harmful emissions. The South Coast Air Quality Management District board also appears likely to adopt a tougher regulatory stance toward Read More…