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January 2008 [Top Page]
  • U.S. EPA Rejects CARB’s AB 1493 Waiver Request – Action Leaves CARB’s Greenhouse Gas Regulations Unenforceable and Prompts California to Petition the Ninth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals for a Review of U.S. EPA’s Decision  (page 2)
  • New CARB Program Seeks Children to Proselytize on Global Warming  (page 3)
  • CARB Unanimously Adopts Greenhouse Gas Inventory Calculations for 1990 Baseline – 2020 GHG Reduction Target Set at 173 Million Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent  (page 6)
  • CARB Adopts First AB 32 Regulation, Requiring Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions  (page 10)
  • CARB Holds Sector-Based Workshop on GHG Scoping Plan (page 14)
  • CARB Staff Briefs Board on How Actions by Local Entities Are Part of the “Climate Change Solution”  (page 18)
  • Board Postpones Decision on Whether to Publicly Disclose Manufacturer ZEV Credit Records  (page 19)
  • Board Adopts Heavy-Duty Diesel In-Use Measurement Allowances  (page 23)
  • Board Unanimously Adopts Regulations Requiring Retrofit and Replacement of In-Use, On-Road Heavy-Duty Diesel Port Trucks  (page 25)
  • CARB Unanimously Adopts Shore Power Regulation Despite $350 per Pound PM Cost-Effectiveness Estimate  (page 31)
  • Rulemaking Calendar  (page 38)

February 2008 [Top Page]

  • New Member Appointed to CARB Board; Senate Fails to Confirm Board Member Judy Case  (page 2)
  • CARB Again Postpones Decision on Whether to Publicly Disclose Manufacturer ZEV Credit Records – CARB Chairman Mary Nichols Urges Vehicle Manufacturers and ZEV Proponents to Settle Dispute Privately  (page 4)
  • CARB Proposes Another Round of Changes to the ZEV Regulations  (page 7)
  • CARB Staff Presents Mobile Source “Action Plan” for 2008 – Staff Efforts to be Focused on Climate Change and Goods Movement Emissions  (page 15)
  • CARB Adopts Amendments to Verification Procedures for Retrofit Diesel Emission Control Devices – Changes Focus on Allowing Wider Use of Verified Device and Promoting Devices That Reduce NOx Emissions  (page 17)
  • CARB Approves $500,000 for New Innovative Clean Air Technologies (ICAT) Grants  (page 22)
  • CARB Approves Five Research Proposals, Including One Related to Greenhouse Gases  (page 24)
  • CARB Staff Holds Workshop on Development of In-Use On Road Heavy-Duty Diesel Vehicle (HDDV) Rule – Staff Estimates Rule Will Cost Between $4 and $6 Billion  (page 26)
  • CARB Staff Holds Workshop on Proposed Guidelines and Targets for Proposition 1B Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program Funds  (page 34)
  • CARB Holds Workshop on GHG Scoping Plan – Staff Appears to Be Seriously Considering Market-Based Approaches to Achieving GHG Reductions in Addition to Command and Control Approaches  (page 37)
  • Staff Holds Workshop on Proposed Regulations for Portable Outboard Marine Fuel Tanks – Staff Vows to Harmonize with EPA Rule Currently Under Development  (page 40)
  • CARB Issues Guidelines for $1.8 Million Alternative Fuel Vehicle Incentive Program That Will Provide up to $5,000 Per Vehicle  (page 43)
  • Smog Check Program Update  (page 45)
  • Rulemaking Calendar  (page 66)

March 2008 [Top Page]

  • CARB Hears Update on AB 32 Transportation Sector  Implementation – Staff Analysis Claims to Contradict EPA’s Claim That New Federal Fuel Economy Standards Are More Effective than CARB’s Greenhouse Gas Standards  (page 2)
  • CARB Adopts Policy Statement on Voluntary Early Actions to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions – Stakeholders Say Statement Offers Little Assurance or Encouragement  (page 6)
  • CARB Holds Workgroup Meeting on Design of AB 32 Cap-And-Trade Program  (page 8)
  • CARB Adopts Staff’s Proposed Guidelines and Targets for Proposition 1B Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program Funds – Efforts to Increase San Joaquin Valley Funding Are Rejected by the Board  (page 10)
  • CARB Approves Ozone Early Progress Plans for Five Downwind Transport Areas – Plans Set Conformity Emission Budgets Needed for Transportation Planning  (page 15)
  • CARB Staff Denies Petition to Revise RFG Regs  (page 16)
  • CARB Holds First Workshop on Regulation That Will Likely Ban Small HFC-134a Cans Used by Do-It-Yourselfers to Recharge Car A/C Systems  (page 21)
  • CARB Asks Local Air Districts to Remove Stage II Vapor Recovery Requirements for Fleets with Widespread ORVR Use (page 25)
  • 2008 Legislative Session Resumes with Flurry of Bills Addressing Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Emissions (page 26)
  • Rulemaking Calendar  (page 35)

April 2008 [Top Page]

  • NHTSA Releases NPRM for 2011–2015 Model Year CAFE Standards – Proposed Standards Would Set Fleet MPG at Levels Similar to CARB’s AB 1493 Standards, and NHTSA Claims CARB’s AB 1493 Standards are Pre-Empted by Federal Law  (page 2)

  • CARB Symposium Addresses More Stringent Control of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Passenger Cars – Some Vehicle Manufacturers Appear to Agree with Environmental Groups and Academics Regarding Need for and Feasibility of Huge Reductions in Greenhouse Gas Emissions Through the Use of Emissions Standards, Feebates, and Taxes  (page 5)

  • CARB Adopts Revisions to ZEV Regulations as Board Directs Staff to Bring Fundamentally Overhauled ZEV Regulations to the Board in 2009  (page 14)
    CARB Holds Low Carbon Fuel Standard Working Group Meeting to Discuss Proposed Regulation Concept Outline  (page 22)

  • University of California Researcher Mark Delucchi Says Low-Carbon Fuel Standard May Be a “Really Bad Idea” – Delucchi’s Work Indicates that Virtually All Previous Analyses of Biofuels Have Ignored Significant Impacts on Greenhouse Gas Emissions  (page 30)

  • CARB Holds Workgroup Meetings on Design of AB 32 Cap and Trade Program  (page 31)

  • CARB Holds Third Workshop on Environmental Standards for Hydrogen Used as a Transportation Fuel  (page 34)

  • CARB Holds Workshop on Test Procedure Changes for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles  (page 38)

  • CARB Holds Fourth Workshop on Ocean-Going Ship Main Engines Regulation  (page 42)

  • CARB Proposes Changes to Small Off-Road Engine (SORE) and Large Spark-Ignition (LSI) Engine Regs – Proposal Includes More Stringent Standards for LSI Engines Displacing One Liter or Less and Changes to Current Emission Credit Program  (page 48)

  • CARB Staff Holds Third Workshop on Proposed Regulation and Procedures for Portable Outboard Marine Fuel Tanks  (page 52)

  • CARB Issues 2009 Parts Cost Limit and PZEV Warranty Information  (page 55)

  • Legislative Update  (page 56)

  • Rulemaking Calendar  (page 71)N/A

May 2008 [Top Page]

  • CARB Hears Update on Emission Reduction Plan for Ports and Goods Movement  (page 2)

  • CARB Receives Fifth Update on 2005 Statewide Agreement with Railroads – Staff Highlights Accomplishments, Board Members Call for More and Expedited Controls  (page 4)

  • CARB Staff Holds Diesel Enforcement Plan Workshop  (page 7)

  • CARB Adopts Resolution Revising Transportation Conformity Emissions Budget for South Coast Because of U.S. EPA Concerns with the “State Strategy” for Achieving SIP Emission Reductions – EPA Action Seems to Signal that South Coast SIP Will Be Rejected  (page 10)

  • CARB Adopts 2008 Revisions to Carl Moyer Program Guidelines  (page 13)

  • CARB Approves Revisions to Lower-Emission School Bus Program Guidelines – Board Gives Executive Officer the Discretion to Modify Match Fund Requirements  (page 18)

  • CARB Holds Meetings on Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) – Form of the Program Begins to Come into Focus Although Staff Stresses that Details are “Preliminary”  (page 24)

  • CARB Staff Holds Workshop on New Regulations for “Critical Emissions Control Parts” Used on Motorcycles – Manufacturers of Aftermarket Exhaust Systems with Catalysts Would Face Extraordinary Requirements  (page 27)

  • CARB Holds Workshop on Proposed Amendments to Regulations Covering New Spark-Ignition Marine Engines and Boats – Relaxation of Emission Standards for High-Performance Boats Offered in Exchange for Evaporative Controls  (page 31)

  • CARB Holds First Workshop on Phase II of Shore Power Regulation – Staff Expects to Add Vehicle Carriers, Cargo Ships, Tankers, and Tugboats to the Rule by December 2008  (page 36)

  • CARB and CEC Hold Joint Workshop on the AB 118 Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program and Air Quality Improvement Program – Yet Another Government Money Giveaway Program  (page 39)

  • Legislative Update  (page 46) Rulemaking Calendar  (page 59)

June 2008 [Top Page]

  • Governor Appoints John Telles as New Board Member to Represent the San Joaquin Valley Air District  (page 2)
  • CARB Approves San Joaquin Valley PM2.5 SIP Despite Extensive Critical Public Testimony  (page 3)
  • CARB Adopts Staff’s Proposed FY 2007-08 Proposition 1B Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program Grants – $221 Million to be Distributed by Fall of 2008  (page 6)
  • CARB Hears Update on AB 32 Transportation Sector  Implementation – Staff Continues with Development of a Framework for Integrating Land Use Planning and Transportation  (page 10)
  • CARB Holds Workshop on AB 32 Scoping Plan "Policy Scenarios" – Agency Appears Headed Toward a Primarily Command-and-Control, Rather than Market-Based, Strategy (page 14)
  • CARB Holds Informational Workshop for Board on AB 32 Scoping Plan "Policy Tools" to Discuss Market-Based Approaches for Achieving GHG Reductions  (page 19)
  • CARB and BAR Hold Workshops to Discuss Statewide Vehicle Retirement and Fleet Modernization Programs  (page 25)
  • CARB Holds Workshop on Ocean-Going Ship Main Engine Rule and Revised Ship Auxiliary Engine Rule – Staff Attempts to Circumvent Adverse Court Decisions via the Use of an In-Use Fuel Standard, Rather than Emission Standards  (page 28) 
  • CARB Holds Workshop on Commercial Harbor Craft Regulation – Staff May Propose Amendments to Include In‑Use Engine Standards for Crew and Supply Boats  (page 35)
  • CARB Holds First "Cool Paints" Workshop  (page 37)
  • CARB Holds Workshop on Enhanced Vapor Recovery Stage II Systems – Staff Says No Extensions on the April 2009 Deadline (page 40)
  • Legislative Update  (page 42)
  • Rulemaking Calendar  (page 57)

July 2008 [Top Page]

  • CARB Staff Briefs Board on AB 32 Scoping Plan – Staff Claims Increases in Energy Efficiency Will Result in Overall Cost Savings  (page 2)
  • CARB Holds Meeting of Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) Life Cycle Analysis Working Group – “Preliminary” Results from Initial Modeling Runs Are Presented  (page 9)
  • CARB Holds Another Workshop on Proposed Regulations for In Use On-Road Heavy-Duty Diesel Trucks – Little Has Changed in Either Staff’s Proposal or the Response of the Affected Industry  (page 14)
  • CARB Staff Holds Workshop on Proposed Regulations That Would Force Use of Low Rolling-Resistance Tires and Aerodynamic Devices on Heavy-Duty Trucks Operating in California by 2014 to Reduce CO2 Emissions  (page 22)
  • CARB Holds Workshop on the AB 118 “Anti-Backsliding” Guidelines – Staff Plans to Allow Criteria and Toxic Emission Increases in Exchange for Greenhouse Gas Reductions from Fuel Projects  (page 26)
  • CARB to Conduct Emissions Testing Program Comparing CARB Diesel to Federal Diesel Fuel – Long-Overdue Program Now Appears to Be a Million-Dollar Boondoggle (page 30)
  • CARB Publishes “Status Update” on TRU ACTM Regulations – Despite Lack of U.S. EPA Waiver Required to Enforce Regulations, CARB Threatens $10,000 per Day per Unit Fines for Those Not Making “Good Faith” Efforts to Comply Now (page 32)
  • CARB Hears Update on Enhanced Vapor Recovery Stage II System Implementation – Board Takes Staff Recommendation, Says No to Extensions of the April 2009 Deadline  (page 34)
  • CARB Staff Proposing Low Permeation Regulations for Gasoline Dispensing Facility Hoses  (page 39)
  • Legislative Update  (page 42)
  • Rulemaking Calendar  (page 54)

August 2008 [Top Page]

  • CARB's AB 32 Update:  Status Reports on Western Climate Initiative, International Carbon Action Partnership, and European Union Emissions Trading System  (page 2)

  • CARB Staff Holds Workshops on Draft AB 32 Scoping Plan (page 6)
    CARB Holds Workshops on On-Road In-Use Rule – Board Hearing Now Delayed to December  (page 12)

  • California Energy Commission Holds Workshops on AB 118 Program Development – Work on Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program Regulations and Investment Plan Proceeding Slowly  (page 16)

  • CARB Adopts Ocean-Going Ship Rule – Staff Circumvents Adverse Court Decision via the Use of an In-Use Fuel Standard, Rather than Emission Standards  (page 27)

  • CARB Adopts Amendments to Regulations Covering New Spark-Ignition Marine Engines and Boats – Relaxation of Emission Standards for High-Performance Boats Exchanged for Evaporative Controls  (page 32)

  • CARB Releases ISOR for Regulations Controlling Portable Outboard Marine Tanks and Components  (page 37)

  • CARB Board Approves Air Pollution Research Plan for 2008–2009 Fiscal Year – Teams with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the California Energy Commission for $15 Million Climate Change Study  (page 39)

  • Legislative Update  (page 42)

  • Rulemaking Calendar  (page 56)

September 2008 [Top Page]

  • AB 32 Economic and Technology Advancement Advisory Committee Meets – Final Recommendations Submitted to Board Include Caution that Staff’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Estimates May Be Overly Optimistic  (page 2)
  • CARB Holds Workshop on Emissions Testing Program Comparing CARB Diesel to Federal Diesel Fuel – Long-Overdue Testing Program to Begin by End of Year  (page 7)
  • CARB Staff Holds Workshop on Proposed Regulations That Would Force Use of Low Rolling-Resistance Tires and Aerodynamic Devices on Heavy-Duty Trucks Operating in California by 2014 to Reduce CO2 Emissions  (page 9)
  • Amendments to CARB Staff Proposal Regarding Catalyst-Equipped Aftermarket Exhaust Systems for Motorcycles Discussed at Workshop – Adoption Will Likely Lead to the First Emissions-Legal Aftermarket Exhausts for Motorcycles Certified Using Catalytic Converters  (page 15) 
  • CARB Staff Holds AB 118 Air Quality Improvement Program Workshop on Principles and Source Categories for $50 million/year Funding Program and for Heavy-Duty Vehicle Air Quality Loan Program  (page 18)
  • CEC Staff Holds AB 118 Workshop with Advisory Committee to Review Its Revised Investment Plan – Staff Responds to Recent Committee Criticisms with “Goal-Oriented” Funding Allocation Based on Estimated Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions  (page 23)
  • CARB and Bureau of Automotive Repair Hold Workshop to Discuss AB 118 Enhanced Fleet Modernization Program – May Include Vouchers to Assist with New Vehicle Purchase  (page 30)
  • CARB Staff Releases Proposed Guidelines for AB 118 Alternative Fuel Incentive Giveaway  (page 33)
  • Annual California Air Quality Update  (page 34)
  • Legislative Update  (page 58)
  • Rulemaking Calendar  (page 68)

October 2008 [Top Page]

  • CARB Releases AB 32 Draft Scoping Plan and Holds Workshop – Board Consideration of Plan Delayed to December Hearing (page 2)
  • Fifth Annual Conference on Climate Change in Sacramento Includes Zero Discussion of Recent Research Showing Effect of Greenhouse Gas Emissions on “Global Warming” Has Been Exaggerated – Stanford Professor Stephen Schneider Advocates Voting Out Republicans to Address Climate Change; His Wife Says Fighting Climate Change Requires “Asking Our Children Not to Have the Highest Quality of Life” (page 8)
  • CARB Announces “Public Consultation” Meeting to Discuss Scope of Work for a Research Project that Would Evaluate a New Vehicle Feebate Program as a Replacement or Adjunct for CARB’s AB 1493 New Vehicle Fuel Economy Standards (page 27)
  • CEC Holds Another Workshop on AB 118 Alternative/Renewable Fuel Subsidy Program (page 28)
  • CARB Adopts Guidelines for AB 118 Incentive Giveaways (page 35)
  • CARB Adopts Regulations for Portable Outboard Marine Tanks (page 38)
  • CARB Holds Workshop on Low Carbon Fuel Standard – Board Hearing Delayed Until March as CARB Staff Faces Technical and Policy Issues (page 39)
  • Tesoro Refining and Marketing Company Files Suit to Block CARB’s Implementation of Changes to the Phase 3 RFG Regulations (page 46)
  • CARB Holds Third Workshop on Test Procedure Changes for ZEVs and Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs), and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs); Board Hearing Delayed to December (page 47)
  • CARB Issues Another “Status Update” on Enforcement of Transportation Refrigeration Unit Regulations Despite Lack of U.S. EPA Waiver (page 53 )
  • CARB Staff Holds Another Workshop on Ocean-Going Vessel Speed Reductions –Voluntary and Regulatory Options Being Considered (page 53 )
  • I/M Review Committee Meets (page 58)
  • Legislative Update (page 59)
  • Rulemaking Calendar (page 69)

November 2008 [Top Page]

  • CARB Updates Board on Proposed AB 32 Scoping Plan – Board to Consider Adoption of Plan at December Hearing (page 2)
  • Staff Updates Board on Status of Ozone Attainment Plan for Sacramento Region – Revised Modeling Shows Attainment of Standard by the Required 2018 Deadline (page 8)
  • CARB Staff Holds Workshop on Heavy-Duty OBD Regulations – Staff is Forced to Reduce the Stringency of Several Requirements and/or Postpone Compliance Dates (page 10)
  • CARB Staff Releases Final Proposal for In-Use On-Road Heavy-Duty Regulation – Hearing on $5.5 Billon Regulation that Would Require Virtually All Vehicles Operating in California to Meet 2010 Model Year New Vehicle Emission Standards by 2023 is Likely to be Highly Contentious (page 15)
  • CARB Staff Releases Modified Proposed GHG Reduction Measure for Heavy-Duty Trucks – Proposal Includes Additional Lead Time for Existing Trailers Under Optional Fleet Provisions (page 19)
  • CARB Proposes Changes to Regulations for Large Spark Ignition (LSI) Engines with Displacements of One Liter or Less That Would Impose Tighter Standards (page 22)
  • CARB Releases Proposed Amendments to Small Off-Road Engine (SORE) Regulations – Staff Focuses on Tightening Credit Provisions to Avoid Shortfall in Emission Benefits and Providing Credit for Electric Equipment (page 25)
  • CARB Staff Proposes Regulation and Evaluation Procedure for Catalyst-Equipped Aftermarket Exhaust Systems for Highway Motorcycles (page 26)
  • CARB Staff Holds Workshop on Proposal to Regulate Tire Pressure to Reduce CO2 Emissions – Staff Proposes Regular Inflation Checks Plus Improvements in Tire Permeability (page 29)
  • CARB Staff Holds AB 118 Workshops Covering Air Quality Improvement Program and Heavy-Duty Vehicle Air Quality Loan Program (page 35)
  • CARB Holds Meeting on Proposed Study to Design Vehicle “Feebate” Regulation as Research Screening Committee Approves Scope of Work and Budget of $800,000 – Board Approval Expected in December (page 42)
  • California Inspection and Maintenance Review Committee Recommends Smog Check Program Changes – Legislative Action Unlikely (page 44)
  • Rulemaking Calendar (page 47)

December 2008 [Top Page]

  • Board Member Jerry Hill Leaves California Air Resources Board Following Election to State Assembly Seat – Governor Has Yet to Appoint Successor (page 2)
  • CARB Unanimously Adopts AB 32 Scoping Plan – Board Extols Its Leadership Role, Stakeholders Offer Praise and Criticism of the Plan (page 2)
  • CARB Holds Another Low Carbon Fuel Standard Workshop as Staff Developing the Regulation Appears Overwhelmed and Corn Ethanol Interests Attack over Indirect Land Use Issues (page 11)
  • CARB Adopts Amendments to Large Spark Ignition Engine Regulations and Small Off-Road Engine Regulations (page 16)
  • CARB Releases Proposed Test Procedures and Regulatory Changes to Address Issues Involving “Blended” Plug-In Hybrids and Plug-In Hybrid Conversions (page 21)
  • CARB Staff Proposes Minor Changes to In-Use Off-Road Diesel Vehicle Regulations and Will Update Board on Development of Retrofit Technology and Implementation of Regulatory Requirements – Staff Pronounces that All is Well (page 24)
  • CARB Holds Workgroup Meeting on “Diesel Fuel Comparison Study” (page 25)
  • CARB Issues Another Transport Refrigeration Unit Advisory – Initial Enforcement Is Now Being Delayed By At Least Six Months (page 26)
  • CARB Staff Proposes Regulations Requiring Low Permeation Hoses on Gasoline Dispensers (page 26)
  • Rulemaking Calendar (page 27)

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