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Growth Energy Suggests Ethanol to Address PM Emissions (Ind. Report)
Growth Energy
Date: 2020-07-06
In comments addressed to the US EPA, Growth Energy Senior VP of Regulatory Affairs Chris Bliley noted: "Through multiple rulemakings at EPA over the last decade including those on greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles and the Tier 3 fuel regulation, Growth Energy has submitted a wealth of data to further support the conclusion that ethanol decreases harmful particulate emissions. We think this is a critical opportunity for the agency to review this data as it reviews the Particulate Matter National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).

The NAAQS are limits on atmospheric concentration of six pollutants that cause smog, acid rain, and other health hazards. Established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under authority of the Clean Air Act, NAAQS is applied for outdoor air nationwide.

Growth Energy's letter to the EPA reiterates its May comments urging the EPA Science Advisory Board to examine the impact of toxic gasoline additives on respiratory health, as well as the potential benefits offered by bio-based alternatives like ethanol. (Source: Growth Energy, 2 July, 2020) Contact: Growth Energy, Chris Bliley, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

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SCAQMD Awards $47Mn for Cleaner Technologies, Fuels (Funding)
South Coast Air Quality Management District
Date: 2019-01-07
In the Golden State, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) reports it has awarded $47.4 million to 26 businesses, organizations, universities, government agencies and utility companies in the South Coast Basin and Coachella Valley to help them purchase and upgrade their equipment with cleaner flues and energy efficient technologies.

Under the federal Clean Air Act, the SCAQMD service region must meet the 1-hour ozone, 8-hour ozone, 24-hour PM2.5, and annual PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards within the next 12 years.

Established in 1976, the Diamond Bar-based SCAQMD is responsible for regulating stationary sources of air pollution in the South Coast Air Basin, in Southern California. (Source: SCAQMD, Sentinel News Service, 4 Jan., 2019) Contact: SCAQMD, Wayne Nastri, CEO, (909)396-2000, www.aqmd.gov/home/rules-compliance/rules

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Fuel,  Air Quality,  Clean Air,  SCAQMD,  South Coast Air Quality Management District,  


Arkansas Reports Declining Air Pollution Levels (Ind. Report)
Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality.
Date: 2018-05-07
The level of regulated air pollutants in Arkansas continued to decline throughout 2016, the latest year for which data are available, according to a report from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The 2017 State of the Air report assessed ground-level ozone concentrations and concentrations of other pollutants regulated by the National Ambient Air Quality Standards program.

The report notes declines from 2005 to 2016 where the state has monitors in ground-level ozone, particulate matter 2.5 and 10, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, and lead. Arkansas is one of only 12 states that meets all federal air quality standards, although it was not meeting ozone standards a few years ago.

Download the Arkansas State of Air Report HERE. (Source: Arkansas OnLine, 6 May, 2018) Contact: Arkansas DAQ, Tricia Treece, (508) 682-0744, www.adeq.state.ar.us; National Ambient Air Quality Standards, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Ambient_Air_Quality_Standards

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Ambient Air Quality Standards,  

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