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CARB Reviewing 2016 Enforcement Report This Week

The report will include highlights of 2016 enforcement activities in key programs including truck and bus requirements, vehicle certification and aftermarket parts, consumer products, and ocean-going vessels. Staff also will discuss the division's goals for 2017 and beyond.

Rwandan Project Sets Stage for Smart City Initiatives

To demonstrate IoT's transformative potential, Inmarsat and its partners will deploy technology demonstrations around Kigali, including air quality sensors, a smart bus equipped with satellite Internet, and a precision farming initiative to increase crop yield and better manage water resources.

California Reaches $599 Million in Zero-Emission Vehicle Investments

So far, California Climate Investments have supported electric school buses in Sacramento, electric yard trucks in Fontana, hydrogen-powered buses in the Coachella Valley, and a fleet of electric delivery trucks for Goodwill Industries in the Bay Area.

ICAO Adopts New CO2 Emissions Standard for Aircraft

It will apply to new aircraft type designs starting in 2020 and to aircraft type designs already in production as of 2023. In-production aircraft that by 2028 do not meet the standard will no longer be able to be produced unless their designs are sufficiently modified.

Texas CEQ Accepting Applications for Rebate Grants Program

The rebates are offered on a first-come, first-served basis to provide an incentive to upgrade or replace older, on-road, heavy-duty diesel vehicles and non-road equipment with cleaner vehicles and equipment.

President Trump Plans 'America First' Energy Plan

Protecting clean air and clean water, conserving our natural habitats, and preserving our natural reserves and resources will remain a high priority, and President Trump will refocus the EPA on its essential mission of protecting our air and water, the new administration says.

Natural Gas Plants May Soon Be Conducting Toxic Pollution Reports

The EPA has recently proposed a new rule that would require natural gas processing plants to publicly report the toxic chemicals they release.

CARB and EPA Approve Fix for Some VW 2.0 Liter Diesel Vehicles

The first approved modification is for "Generation 3" 2015 vehicles, the agencies announced. It involves the installation of a second NOx sensor and a new or replacement diesel oxidation catalyst, which together will reduce excess emissions from the affected vehicles by 80 to 90 percent.



Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma

Trump Picks Oklahoma Attorney General for EPA Post

Pruitt has been a fierce and outspoken challenger of environmental actions taken by President Obama's administration.

Canadian Company Paying $225,000 Fine for Ozone-Depleting Products

Information uncovered by the Intelligence Division sparked an investigation of the import and sale by CRC Canada Co. of aerosol products containing a prohibited ozone-depleting substance: HCFC-225. Charges were brought under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act last February.

Canadian Government Speeds Up Transition from Coal

Regulatory actions announced Nov. 21 will put Canada on a path to move from 80 percent toward 90 percent non-emitting sources by 2030, using clean electricity to power cars, businesses, and homes across the country.

The SPECTRO MS ICP-MS analyzer. After calibration — with liquid standards for ICP, or available reference filters with XRF — analysis can begin according to the given instrument

Elemental Analysis of Airborne Particles

By evaluating XRF, ICP-OES, and ICP-MS analytical technologies, users can obtain airborne particle analysis that’s rapid, reliably, accurate, and surprisingly affordable.

EPA Testing Air Quality in Memphis Area

The agency is working with the Shelby County Health Department and the Memphis Area Transit Authority, which is field-testing lower-cost air pollution sensor pods.

FAA Grants to Help Airports Improve Air Quality

DOT has awarded $33.7 million to help airports reduce emissions and improve air quality and has proposed a new Los Angeles-Beijing flight for American Airlines.

This 40,000 SCFM Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer was applied on a pharmaceutical application to destroy emissions from tray ovens, fluid bed dryers, and coating pans. (Anguil Environmental Systems photo)

Oxidizer Selection and Technology Options

As thermal oxidizer technologies have been applied to a wider range of industrial applications, new challenges are continually uncovered that test their efficacy and durability.

This article originally appeared in the November 2016 issue of Environmental Protection.

Using Advanced Odor Control

Thanks to this solution, the site has not experienced any downtime due to odor and work is back on schedule to wrap up by the date of WRTA's transition from the old facility to the new one. Site managers anticipate no disruptions in service for public transit customers.

WHO Releases Country Estimates on Air Pollution Exposures

The new WHO air quality model confirms that 92 percent of the world’s population lives in places where air quality levels exceed WHO limits.

Unveiled at InnoTrans 2016, the company

Alstom Unveils Zero-Emission Train

Unveiled at InnoTrans 2016, the company's Coradia iLint is a CO2-emission-free regional train powered by a hydrogen fuel cell.

All employers, employees, and contractors within all three segments of the oil and gas industry (upstream, midstream, and downstream) are responsible for ensuring safe and healthful work sites.

LDAR Programs Continue to Evolve

LDAR programs are shifting from reactive to proactive, evolving from mere compliance to actively seeking and repairing leaks to using the best available control technology and practices to prevent leaks from occurring in the first place. Mandated use of preventive technologies and programs could be next.

EPA and DOT Finalize Fuel Efficiency Standards for Trucks

EPA and DOT Finalize Fuel Efficiency Standards for Trucks

In terms of emissions and energy use, trucks are the second-largest segment in U.S. transportation.

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