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ReutersReuters
April 11, 2007
U.S. offers renewable fuel standards for vehicles
The United States announced new standards for renewable fuels for cars and trucks
on Tuesday, but stopped short of committing to regulate greenhouse gases that
spur global warming.
The renewable fuel standards program aims to cut dependence on foreign oil and
curb global warming pollution by expanding the use of ethanol and other alternative
fuels, said Stephen Johnson, head of the Environmental Protection Agency.

EPAU.S.
Environmental Protection Agency

March 30, 2007
New Green Big-Rigs Cut Greenhouse Gases, Save Truckers Up To $11,000
Yearly
Starting this month, truck and trailer manufacturers
are offering customers 2007 models certified by EPA’s SmartWay program
to improve fuel efficiency. By meeting EPA equipment specifications,
these models provide the triple benefit of saving operators money
while reducing greenhouse-gas emissions and air pollutants. "These new
trucks will make an important contribution toward achieving EPA’s goals
for conserving energy and reducing emissions," said Bill Wehrum,
EPA’s acting assistant administrator for Air and Radiation. "Truckers
who buy this new equipment, and who are members of the EPA SmartWay
program, will be able to proudly display a logo on their qualified
big-rigs." SmartWay-approved equipment, like aerodynamic bumpers
and mirrors on a tractor, can generate fuel reduction of 10 to 20
percent more than trucks without these devices. For example, aerodynamic
bumpers and mirrors on a tractor help conserve fuel by reducing wind
resistance. Each qualified truck can produce savings from 2,000 to
4,000 gallons of diesel per year, which would result in a gain up
to $11,000 annually. Participating in the program are well-known truck
brands including Freightliner, International, Kenworth, Mack, Peterbilt,
and Volvo. EPA plans to set more ambitious performance targets for
the SmartWay-recognized tractor-trailer combination in the future.
EPA is also developing guidelines for recognizing other vehicles such
as delivery vans, in which hybrid technology can dramatically improve
fuel efficiency. The SmartWay Transport Partnership is an innovative
program developed by EPA and the freight industry to reduce greenhouse
gases and air pollution, and to promote cleaner, more efficient ground
freight transportation. For information about joining the SmartWay
program, and for a complete list of the specifications for the 2007
SmartWay Tractor and 2007 SmartWay Trailer, go to: http://www.epa.gov/smartway.

EPAU.S.
Environmental Protection Agency

March 30, 2007
EPA Spurs Clean Diesel Technology
In a move that helps pave the way for putting
more innovative and fuel efficient clean diesel cars and trucks on
America’s roads, EPA has issued guidance on emission certification
procedures for on-road diesels that use selective catalyst reduction
(SCR) technology. While SCR has been used successfully in other applications,
this guidance enables automakers for the first time to adapt the
technology to light- and heavy-duty vehicles on American roads. SCR
reduces emissions of the ozone-forming pollutant nitrogen oxide (NOx).
It uses a nitrogen containing "reducing
agent," (usually
ammonia or urea) that is injected into the exhaust gas upstream of
the catalyst. Drivers must periodically replenish the agent or else
NOx emissions can greatly increase. Manufacturers will need to gain
approval for their SCR strategies as part of EPA certification. These
strategies must address driver warning systems and inducement, system
durability and reliability, and reducing agent quality and availability. View
the March 27, 2007 letter.

Capital Press

March 29, 2007
Top EPA
Officials View Ag Innovation:
UC Davis Event Highlights Pollution-Cutting Technologies


New John Deere tractors, an irrigation pump demonstration
and a biodiesel-sipping car were showcased today for federal and
state environmental regulators as examples of agriculture’s efforts
to curb pollution at UC Davis. The field trip to the university’s
Western Center for Agricultural Equipment came on the final day of
the annual California Biomass Collaborative and the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency’s West Coast Collaborative, which was held in Sacramento.

Washington PostWashington Post
March 26, 2007
U.S. House of Representatives
OKs Bill to Cut Ship Pollution

Under a House bill approved late Monday,
the U.S. Coast Guard and EPA would be given the authority to develop
and enforce emission limits on the thousands of domestic and foreign-flagged
diesel-powered ships that enter U.S. waters each year.

BNABNA
January 9, 2007
Report Describes Emissions Benefits Of Various Transportation Strategies
The Federal Highway Administration released a report analyzing pollutant-specific
impacts of air pollution control strategies for transportation which found, among
other things, that curbing vehicle miles traveled is more effective than policies
governing vehicle speeds in reducing emissions.

PlanetizenPlanetizen
May 13, 2006
Chevron Invests In Texas Biodiesel Plant
Renewable fuels received a big boost from the country’s second largest
oil company. After an investment in ethanol fuel, Chevron acquired
22% of a Texas soybean biodiesel plant, meaning that biodiesel
production in the U.S. will increase over 50%.

EPAU.S. Environmental Protection Agency
December 8, 2006
85 Percent of Highway Diesel Fuel Meets EPA Standards
New, cleaner diesel fuel is producing cleaner air, according to preliminary
surveys and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Surveys
of retail stations since mid-October show that about 85 percent of
highway diesel fuel meets Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) standards,
exceeding the 80 percent regulatory mandate. 100 percent of highway
diesel fuel must meet the ULSD standards by 2010.

Green Building NewsGreen
Building News 
 
November 13, 2006 
Oil from Algae?
There was recent news about the discovery of 200 marine dead zones all over the
world. These dead zones occur when water becomes devoid of oxygen because algae
have consumed it. The algae create the oxygen deficit because of their ability
to prosper in polluted water that kills off all other marine life but them. With
no competitors or predators to curb their numbers, the algae are free to grow
uncontrolled and consume oxygen.

But there is an upside to algae’s ability to grow so quickly. Because they
grow in specific environments, sensitive to salinity, sunlight, acidity, temperature
and nutrients, algae’s growth can be controlled and even augmented. That
means that one of the most promising new uses for algae is the production of
vegetable oil – bio-diesel.

New Model Serves as Resource for States to Cut Truck Fuel
Use

To help facilitate more consistent, effective state truck idling
laws, EPA has developed a model that states can consider adopting
to help strengthen idling reduction efforts, reduce fuel consumption
and improve industry compliance.  Reducing idling conserves energy,
helps the environment and saves industry money.  Each year,
truck idling consumes over one billion gallons of diesel fuel, resulting
in the emission of 11 million tons of carbon dioxide, over 180,000
tons of nitrogen oxides, as well as emission of fine particulate
matter and other air toxics.  The model is based on input from
workshops EPA held across the country last year with the trucking
industry, states, and environmental and health groups. Information
on the model

EPA announces program to cut diesel pollution
September
30, 2004

CLEAN
AIR
Greenwire

The U.S. EPA announced a new initiative yesterday that aims
to coordinate $100 million in federal funding annually to reduce pollution
caused by diesel fuel on the West Coast.

About $10 million per year is already committed to the program,
which involves cooperation with state and local pollution authorities
and the Mexican and Canadian governments to reduce emissions from
older diesel engines through replacement and improved
fuels (David Danelski, Riverside
[Calif.] Press-Enterprise
, Sept. 30).

BNABNA Inc. Daily Environment Report

Thursday, September 30, 2004
Joint Public, Private
Campaign Aims To Cut West Coast Diesel Emissions

Federal,
state, and local regulators Sept. 30 will team up with industry
and nonprofit groups to launch a $6 million effort to try to speed
up the reduction of harmful diesel emissions from trucks, marine
vessels, locomotives, and other sources along the West Coast. Separate
events will be held in five California cities, Portland and Eugene
in Oregon, and Seattle, Wash., to announce projects organized by
the West Coast Diesel Emissions Reductions Collaborative, Environmental
Protection Agency Region IX Administrator Wayne Nastri said in news
conferences held Sept. 29. The projects involve a mix of programs
aimed at replacing or retrofitting high-polluting diesel engines
in locomotives and marine vessels, reducing the time heavy-duty diesel
trucks idle, and electrifying ports so cruise ships can plug in instead
of generating power through diesel engines.

Business WireBusiness
Wire and Diesel Technology Forum

Thursday, September
30, 2004
Diesel
Industry Supports
U.S.
EPA "West
Coast Diesel Emissions Reduction Collaborative"; Diesel Technology
Forum Encourages Focus on Cost-Effective Clean Diesel Strategies
 and http://dieselforum.org/news/sept_30_2004.html
America’s
diesel industry today expressed support and encouragement for the
U.S. EPA-sponsored "West Coast Diesel Emissions Reduction
Collaborative," a public-private effort to promote and secure
additional funding for voluntary programs that reduce emissions from
diesel-powered engines. Eight separate events were held Diesel Technology Forumtoday in
California, Oregon and Washington state to formally announce the
effort, describe several immediate projects that have been funded
and outline long-term objectives. "From the start of this effort
in June, participants have offered creative ideas and looked to proven,
cost-effective strategies for reducing diesel emissions," said
Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum
(www.dieselforum.org).

Washington Times

Thursday, September 30, 2004
Washignton TimesEPA Grants to Reduce
Diesel Idling in West

The Environmental Protection Agency
announced $6 million in grants Thursday to cut diesel emissions
on the West Coast. The grants go to projects ranging from onshore
electric power for cruise ships in Seattle to locomotive retrofits
in Bakersfield. The projects also include those that reduce the
need to idle truck engines over long periods in Los Angeles and
San Diego. The EPA said in a release that reducing running time
and replacing older diesel engines will have a major impact on
the amount of soot and other emissions spewed into the air from
trucks, trains, ships and farm equipment. Such emissions are considered
potential health risks. The industry-supported Diesel Technology
Forum said the EPA’s actions are "creative" and "cost-effective."

GristGRIST Magazine
Thursday, September 30, 2004
Pop
Goes the Diesel: Partnership
Formed to Fight Diesel Fumes

The U.S. EPA this week announced
the formation of a partnership to undertake voluntary, cooperative
measures to reduce the impact of diesel fumes on Western states.
(Diesel fumes, for those of you tuning in late, kill people. Lots
of people.) Most of the money funding the measures will come from
the federal government; the EPA hopes to secure $100 million over
five years. The partnership, which will involve some 400 federal
agencies, environmental organizations, and private business groups,
will target the largest sources of diesel fumes: long-haul trucks,
cargo and cruise ships, locomotives, and heavy farm and construction
equipment. The measures are varied, from having Princess cruise
ships plug into the Seattle electricity grid rather than idle when
at port to replacing diesel locomotives in the San Joaquin Valley.
The EPA projects that, when fully funded, the partnership will
collectively remove 8,000 tons of particulate pollutants from the
air and save $2 billion in associated health costs. Enviro groups
and health agencies, not surprisingly, welcomed the news but said
far more was necessary to adequately address the problem.

E-Trucker Online
Thursday, September 30, 2004
EPA Lauds West Coast
Projects to Cut Emissions

The U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency made simultaneous announcements along the West Coast Sept.
29 to herald collaborative projects to reduce diesel emissions.
The West Coast Diesel Emissions Reductions Collaborative, begun
in April, plans to invest $100 million annually for the next five
years. Partners include U.S., Canadian and Mexican federal agencies,
state and local governments, and non-profits and businesses from
California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and British Columbia.

Enviro BLR Online
Friday, October 1, 2004
EPA, California, Oregon, Washington Join
to Announce Comprehensive West Coast Diesel Initiative

EPA
joined with a consortium of federal, state, and local government
agencies, non-profits, and industry to kick off an unprecedented
$6 million effort to reduce diesel emissions from trucks, ships,
locomotives, and other diesel sources along the West Coast. Organized
as the West Coast Diesel Emissions Reductions Collaborative, more
than 400 interests are working together to find voluntary solutions,
incentives, and shared approaches to reducing diesel pollution in
California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska sooner than federally
mandated deadlines. Interests from British Columbia and Mexico have
also joined this effort.

Platinum Matthey.com (Johnson Matthey)
Friday, October 1, 2004
US Clean Diesel Industry
Gathers Pace

The US clean diesel industry is gathering
momentum as it targets major emissions reductions ahead of new
regulations governing exhaust fumes. Now representatives of the
industry, under the auspices of the Diesel Technology Forum, are
seeking more funding to ensure that progress can be maintained.
The group today issued support for the US Environment Protection
Agency-sponsored ‘West Coast Diesel Emissions Reduction Collaborative’,
a public-private drive to boost funding in the sector. Events across
the US have been staged this week in order to highlight the clean
technology, with new projects explored and future long-term aims
outlined.

STAPPA
ALAPCO Washington Update
Thursday, September 30, 2004
Consortium
Announces West Coast Diesel Emissions Reductions Collaborative

A
consortium of federal, state and local government agencies, non-profits
and industry announced a $6-million initiative aimed at reducing
diesel emissions from trucks, ships, locomotives and other diesel
sources along the West Coast. Under the West Coast Diesel Emissions
Reductions Collaborative, more than 400 interests will work together
to identify voluntary solutions and incentives to reduce diesel emissions
in California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska sooner than such reductions
would be achieved under federally mandated deadlines.

GreenBiz.com
Monday, October 4, 2004
Climate Trust to Buy Carbon
from Reduced Diesel Pollution at Truck Stops

The Climate
Trust says it will spend up to $2.2 million to address one of the
West Coast’s most serious air pollution problems:
the emissions from diesel trucks idling at truck stops. Truckers
are required to keep off the road for at least eight hours per day
to combat potential fatigue. While taking their required rest at
truck stops, they most often idle their engines to provide heating,
air conditioning, and power for equipment in the cab. The idle reduction
technology allows trucks to use the power grid’s more efficient
electricity rather than their own diesel engines to provide a comfortable
space and needed in-cab services. The Climate Trust project will
commit $2 million in a collaborative project that implements innovative
idle reduction technology at truck stops in Oregon and an additional
$200,000 for projects in Washington.

E-Wire.com
Friday, October 1, 2004
The Climate Trust Commits
$2.2 Million to Purchase Carbon from Reduced Diesel Pollution at
Truck Stops

Today, at a conference with Oregon Governor
Ted Kulongoski, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Oregon
Department of Environmental Quality, and Oregon State University,
The Climate Trust announced a commitment to spend up to $2.2 million
to address one of the West Coast’s most serious air pollution problems:
the emissions from diesel trucks idling at truck stops.

Daily Environment Report, BNA, Inc.
Thursday October 14, 2004
EPA Announces $1 Million
in Grants to Reduce Emissions from Truck Idling

RALEIGH,
N.C.–Nine states have been awarded $1 million in grants as part
of an effort to reduce air pollution from truck idling, the Environmental
Protection Agency announced Oct. 13. The agency is awarding the
grants under its SmartWay Transport Partnership program to help
research methods to reduce idling such as truck-stop electrification
and shore power.

DieselNet.com
October 1, 2004
US EPA
Announces West Coast Diesel Initiative

The US Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) and a consortium of federal, state and local agencies
and industry have launched the “West
Coast Diesel Emissions Reductions Collaborative”—a $6
million initiative to reduce diesel emissions from trucks, ships,
locomotives and other diesel sources along the West Coast. More than
400 interests have been involved in the program, which will find
voluntary solutions and provide funding to reduce diesel emissions
in California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. Interests from British
Columbia and Mexico have also joined this effort.

   
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