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March 20, 2020 | In the News: Bloomberg Law

Companies Asking EPA for ‘Act of God’ Extensions Due to Virus

David Baron, Managing Attorney, Washington, D.C., Earthjustice: “These deadlines, after all, are meant to protect people from dangerous health threats from pollution — threats that are major concerns in addition to Covid-19. The burden needs to be on the industry seeking relief to show that inability to comply in a specific case is due to Covid-19, not failure of the industry to timely install or maintain required pollution controls.”

March 18, 2020 | Legal Document

Valley Air District Rules on Refinery Emissions Complaint

California has the largest concentration of petroleum refineries in the western United States, and the third largest number of refineries in the nation after Texas and Louisiana. These refineries are scattered throughout the state, from urban areas such as Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area to rural communities in central California’s San Joaquin Valley. Refineries in the San Joaquin Valley are concentrated in and around Bakersfield within Kern County, the largest oil-producing and most polluted county in the state. This region suffers from the worst air quality in the United States, including harmful levels of lung-searing ozone that compromises lung development in children and causes other health complications. Oil and gas operations in the region exacerbate these unhealthy air conditions. 

March 16, 2020 | Letter

Comments on Changes to Proposed Advanced Clean Truck Regulation

This letter is a follow-up to CARB’s February 20th workshop on proposed changes to the Advanced Clean Truck Regulation. At the December 12th Board hearing, a groundswell of public commenters urged CARB not to squander the rule’s potential to alleviate one of the largest pollution burdens in frontline communities. Consequently, a majority of Board Members directed Staff to strengthen the rule, ensure its consistency with the State’s air and climate targets, and accelerate benefits for disadvantaged communities.