Emission rules proposed to cut greenhouse gas

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first_img“Each of these measures is relatively small,” air resources board Chairwoman Mary Nichols said. “But they target sectors that would not necessarily be” otherwise targeted for reducing greenhouse gases. Nichols said other regulations are under consideration but not ready to be formally proposed. Possibilities include forcing cement makers to increase energy efficiency and allowing them to change the mix of materials they use. The far more daunting challenge of the global warming law will be slashing emissions from cars and power plants – the two biggest sources of greenhouse gases. “We’re going to need need big, transformative solutions, but we also need to grab some of the low-hanging fruit,” said Jason Barbose, a global warming expert for Environment California. “This is the low-hanging fruit.” [email protected] (916) 441-4603 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Reaction from some of the targeted industries was muted. That may be partly because details were scant: state regulators released only one-line summaries of the rules they are mulling. Specific regulations, which would take effect in 2010, will follow in the coming months, they said. One proposal would require the semiconductor industry to cut emissions of carbon dioxide-rich PFCs, or perfluorocarbons. But many semiconductor firms have already significantly reduced their use of the ingredient, said Margaret Bruce of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, which represents high-tech companies. “They’ve already done a tremendous amount of work phasing out these products,” said Bruce, the group’s environmental program director. “That doesn’t mean there aren’t concerns or there might be a challenge to it, but none of our members have brought it to our attention.” Other ideas the resources board said it plans to pursue would require trucks and trailers to be retrofitted so they are more aerodynamic, and allow docked ships to shut off auxiliary engines by plugging into shoreside electrical outlets. Another proposal would make auto technicians check tire pressure, which can affect gas mileage, when they do oil changes or other repairs. SACRAMENTO – Environmental regulators on Thursday proposed a slate of new emissions rules for the semiconductor, trucking and port industries – measures designed to kick-start the state’s compliance with an ambitious greenhouse gas reduction law. The new rules, which would go into effect in 2010, are among the first steps the state plans to take under AB 32, the far-reaching global warming legislation that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed last year. The measures released Thursday by the state Air Resources Board represent just a sliver of the overall reductions needed to reach the law’s greenhouse gas targets – a roughly 25 percent reduction by 2020 – but environmentalists nonetheless said the proposals represent a solid step forward. “This is just the start. We’re going to need a whole package of reductions to get there,” said Devra Wang, who works on energy issues for the Natural Resources Defense Council. “These are some great measures to get us going.” last_img

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