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SoCalGas Must Mitigate Climate Impacts from Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Leak

Last year’s Aliso Canyon natural gas leak — the largest in US history — emitted 109,000 metric tons of methane. SoCalGas, which operates the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility, will be required to mitigate the climate impacts of the leak by funding projects that reduce methane emissions by an equivalent amount.

What’s the Latest on AB 32 at the California Air Resources Board?

It seems like a simple question: “What’s happening with AB 32 in California these days”? But the answer to that relatively straightforward question is rather complex, potentially very lengthy, constantly changing, but always fascinating. Let me give it a shot in under 1,000 words. Remember way back in 2006, right … Read more »

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Lumber Liquidators Pays $2.5 Million to Settle Clean Air Claims

Hardwood flooring retailer Lumber Liquidators has paid the California Air Resources Board (CARB) $2.5 million to settle CARB claims that Lumber Liquidators sold composite wood products that exceeded the state’s formaldehyde limits. Lumber Liquidators says it has not sold these products since May 2015. “Consumer safety is our top priority … Read more »

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EPA May Force VW to Build Electric Cars in US

Volkswagen may have to build electric vehicles in the US to make up for installing illegal defeat devices in about 600,000 diesel engine cars that allowed them to cheat emissions standards. German newspaper Welt am Sonntag reports the EPA has asked VW to produce electric vehicles as its plant in … Read more »

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Cummins Develops First MidRange Engine to Reduce NOx Emissions 90%

Cummins Westport’s ISL G Near Zero NOx natural gas engine is the first MidRange engine in North America to receive emission certifications from both the EPA and the California Air Resources Board that meet the 0.02 g/bhp-hr optional Near Zero NOx Emissions standards for medium-duty truck, urban bus, school bus … Read more »

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California Readopts Low Carbon Fuel Standard

The California Air Resources Board has re-adopted a low carbon fuel standard, which requires a statewide 10 percent reduction by 2020 in the carbon intensity of transportation fuels. The low carbon fuel standard is a key piece of California’s plan to enact Gov. Jerry Brown’s mandated 50 percent cut in … Read more »

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VW Used ‘Defeat Device,’ Beat Clean Air Act

Volkswagen used software that circumvents emissions testing for certain air pollutants, according to the EPA, which issued the automaker a notice of violation of the Clean Air Act on Friday and ordered VW to recall almost half a million cars on the road. The notice of violation alleges that four-cylinder … Read more »

Tesoro Fined $1M for Violating Gasoline Rules

Tesoro has paid $1,014,000 in penalties for violating California’s reformulated gasoline regulations, according to the state’s Air Resources Board. Tesoro, the second-largest independent refining and marketing company in the Western US, supplied gasoline in violation of state regulations from two Tesoro refineries and one terminal for a period of 52 … Read more »

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