The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) in California will hold board meetings for residents to voice concerns about pollution. The Agency’s head, William A. Burke, said, “We get an earful at every board meeting form the hired lobbyists of industry. I want to hear directly from the residents who bear the brunt of air pollution.” District leaders are challenging legislators, the auto industry, businesses and residents to cut emissions.
The Desert Sun, January, 8, 2005, p A15
China’s industrial development has dramatically increased their environmental pollution. Sixty percent of the world’s most polluted cities are Chinese. Contaminated water kills 30,000 children each year. China’s rate of energy consumption has been greater than its GDP since 2002. The energy used to produce $1 of GDP in China is 5 times greater than that of the U.S. and 12 times greater than Japan. Looking to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, efforts are being made to begin the cleanup. (Ed. note: Is this an opportunity for batteries, fuel cells and PV?)
Business Week, Aug. 22-29, 2005, pp. 128-130
California adopted additional clean air requirements on November 18, 2004 which exceed Federal standards, but no objections were raised by special interest groups. The new standards will cut airborne particulates from locomotives and watercraft by 25%, NOX by 3% and sulfur oxides by 78 %. Implementation will be in 2006 in the south coast region and statewide by 2007.
The Desert Sun, November 19, 2004, p. A17
EPA Recommends Changes to Air Emissions Rules
The EPA has submitted a report to President Bush which recommends reform in pollution prevention and energy efficiency. The review found that current programs impede or cancel projects which would maintain or improve reliability, efficiency or safety of existing power plants and refineries. Opponents say the revisions loosen requirements to install pollution controls.(09-02BD78-15)
July 8, 2002, p. 8