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Demolition Projects in New York can Create Air Quality Concerns for Workers and Residents

by Cochrane & Associates, LLC  (Sep. 12, 2016)

Recently, demolition work began in Park Slope to make way for a new high-rise condo building. The 109 unit development will be built on multiple lots that requires older structures be torn down. As is often the case, asbestos first had to be remediated before at least one of the buildings could be demolished.   Each year, demolition ...

Gov Brown Extends CA Climate Goals

by National Biodiesel Board  (Sep. 8, 2016)

“California continues to demonstrate its leadership on climate issues with Governor Brown’s signing of SB 32 today. The bill will ensure that the future of low carbon fuels in California remains bright. Biodiesel and renewable diesel are leading credit generators under the low carbon fuel standard and we expect their presence to ...

Vehicle emissions in real driving conditions: Council gives green light to second package

by EU Council of Ministers  (Feb. 12, 2016)

On 12 February 2016, the Council  gave its green light  to the adoption of the second package of rules to introduce real driving emission (RDE) tests.  The new tests are intended to measure more accurately pollutant emissions from cars and other light vehicles.  The need for new tests For their approval, ...

VW submits fix for 3.0-liter diesels to California officials

by Associated Press  (Feb. 2, 2016)

The Volkswagen Group of America submitted its proposal Tuesday to bring Porsches, Audis and Volkswagen cars with six-cylinder, 3.0-liter diesel engines up to California's air quality standards after state regulators found the vehicles were programmed to emit cleaner emissions on government treadmill tests than on the real road. The California Air ...

Air quality impact of diesel ‘severely underestimated’

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Jan. 14, 2016)

Hydrocarbons are precursors to hazardous air pollutants including ozone and particulate matter. Hydrocarbons from diesel make up over 50% of all hydrocarbons in the air in London, a new study has found. The authors also estimate that they contribute up to half of total ozone production potential in London, and say future air quality control ...

US sues VW over emissions-cheating software in diesel cars

by Associated Press  (Jan. 4, 2016)

The Justice Department sued Volkswagen on Monday over emissions-cheating software found in nearly 600,000 vehicles sold in the United States, potentially exposing the company to billions of dollars in penalties for clean air violations. The civil complaint against the German automaker, filed on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency in ...

EU nations agree on stricter emissions testing for diesel

by Associated Press  (Oct. 29, 2015)

European Union nations have reached a tentative deal on tougher emissions tests for diesel cars after the Volkswagen scandal showed previous methods were ineffective. The slow phase-in of the new standards, however, drew fire from environmentalists. Emissions from cars on the road in the EU have been found to be four to five times above the ...

EPA Awards $1.9 Million to Reduce Diesel Emissions in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Oct. 27, 2015)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $1,919,653 in Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) funding to Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington to reduce diesel, greenhouse gas and black carbon emissions from large polluting diesel sources, such as trucks and buses. In the Pacific Northwest and Pacific Southwest Regions, the DERA program ...

U.S. EPA Awards $3.2 Million to Reduce Diesel Emissions in California

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Oct. 22, 2015)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $3,258,639 in Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) funding to California to reduce diesel, greenhouse gas and black carbon emissions from large polluting diesel sources, such as trucks and buses. “By promoting clean diesel technologies, we can improve air quality, support green jobs, and ...

U.S. EPA Awards $42,201 to the American Samoa Power Authority to Replace a Power Generator

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Oct. 22, 2015)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $42,201 to the American Samoa Power Authority to replace a diesel generator with an all-electric generator on the Island of Ofu in American Samoa. This project will reduce 75,000 gallons of diesel fuel annually. “By promoting clean diesel technologies, we can improve air quality, support ...

EPA Awards $123,161 to the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection to Retrofit School Buses

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Oct. 22, 2015)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $123,161 in Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) funding to the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection to fund local school districts to replace four school buses. The older replaced buses will be removed from service and permanently destroyed. “By promoting clean diesel ...

Reducing Black Carbon Can Save Lives and Help Combat Climate Change

by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)  (Oct. 19, 2015)

Black carbon causes millions of deaths every year and contributes to the warming of the planet. In the atmosphere it appears as air pollution, with emissions arising mainly from the combustion of diesel fuel and biofuels, coal-fired power stations, biomass cook stoves, brick kilns and vegetation burning in open fields. The importance of reducing ...

Lawsuits could force VW to buy back cheating diesels

by Associated Press  (Oct. 19, 2015)

Volkswagen almost inevitably will have to compensate owners of diesel cars equipped with emissions-rigging software. Some legal experts say the automaker could be forced to buy back the cars altogether. Many of the more than 200 lawsuits filed in the past few weeks allege that for seven years VW marketed four-cylinder diesel Golfs, Jettas, ...

More VW trouble: 2016 diesels have new suspect software

by Associated Press  (Oct. 14, 2015)

U.S. regulators say they have a lot more questions for Volkswagen, triggered by the company's recent disclosure of additional suspect software in 2016 diesel models that potentially would help exhaust systems run cleaner during government tests. That's more bad news for VW dealers looking for new cars to replace the ones they can no longer sell ...

U.S. EPA holds trucking company accountable for failure to install emissions controls on its California fleet

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Oct. 8, 2015)

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that Estes Express Lines will pay a $100,000 penalty for violations of the California Truck and Bus Regulation, for failing to install particulate filters on 73 of its heavy-duty diesel trucks (15% of its California fleet). In California, mobile sources of diesel emissions, such as trucks ...

EPA investigating VW emissions controls in 2016 diesels

by Associated Press  (Oct. 7, 2015)

Volkswagen plans to withdraw applications seeking U.S. emissions certifications for its 2016 model Jettas, Golfs, Passats and Beetles with diesel engines, raising the possibility that an emissions-rigging device similar to earlier models is also included in its new cars. VW has admitted that four-cylinder diesel cars from the 2009 to 2015 model ...

EPA Announces $7 Million in Funding to Reduce Diesel Emissions from School Buses

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Sep. 30, 2015)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of approximately $7 million in funding for rebates to public and private school bus fleet owners for the replacement and retrofit of older school buses. Replacing these buses that have older engines will reduce diesel emissions and improve air quality. "Our kids spend a ...

Volkswagen – EMIT can account for real-world diesel emissions

by Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants (CERC)  (Sep. 30, 2015)

Analysis of measurements from the last decade throughout Europe have demonstrated that ambient NOx and NO2concentrations are not decreasing in line with the published emission factors (Carslaw et al. 2011). On-road vehicle testing in the UK has highlighted that ...

EPA Announces $7 Million in Funding to Reduce Diesel Emissions from School Buses

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Sep. 28, 2015)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is announcing the availability of approximately $7 million in funding for rebates to public and private school bus fleet owners for the replacement and retrofit of older school buses. Replacing these buses that have older engines will reduce diesel emissions and improve air quality. “Our kids spend a ...

EPA Announces $7 Million in Funding to Reduce Diesel Emissions from School Buses

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Sep. 28, 2015)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of approximately $7 million in funding for rebates to public and private school bus fleet owners for the replacement and retrofit of older school buses. Replacing these buses that have older engines will reduce diesel emissions and improve air quality. "Our kids spend a ...

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