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10/8/10, SF Chronicle: "California grossly miscalculated
pollution levels in a scientific analysis used to toughen the state's clean-air standards, and scientists have spent the past several months revising data and planning a significant weakening
of the landmark regulation, The Chronicle has found.
- The pollution estimate in question was too high - by 340 percent, according to the California Air Resources Board, the state agency charged with researching and adopting air quality standards.
The estimate was a key part in the creation of a regulation adopted
by the Air Resources Board in 2007, a rule that forces businesses to cut diesel emissions by replacing or making costly upgrades to heavy-duty, diesel-fueled off-road vehicles used in construction and other industries.
Independent researchers, however
- The staff of the powerful and widely respected Air Resources Board said the overestimate is largely due to the board calculating emissions before the economy slumped, which halted the use of many of the 150,000 diesel-exhaust-spewing vehicles in California.
, found huge overestimates in the air board's work on diesel emissions and attributed the flawed work to a faulty method of calculation - not the economic downturn
.The overestimate, which comes after another bad calculation by the air board on diesel-related deaths that made headlines in 2009, prompted the board to suspend
the regulation this year while officials decided whether to weaken the rule.
On Thursday, after months of work, the air board and construction industry officials announced a proposal that includes delaying the start of the requirements until 2014 and exempting more vehicles from the rule. It would be a major
scaling back of the rule if the air board approves it in a vote scheduled for December.
The setbacks in the air board's research - and the proposed softening of a landmark regulation - raise questions about the performance of the agency as it is in the midst of implementing the
- Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 - or AB32 as it is commonly called,
one of the state's and the nation's most ambitious environmental policies to date.
AB32, which aims to reduce carbon emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020, has come under intense political attack this year as the state prepares to elect a new governor. Critics cast the law as a jobs killer because of the expenses to industry and businesses in conforming to new pollution regulations. Supporters say it will reinvigorate the state's economy and create thousands of new jobs in the emerging green sector. Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman has promised to suspend the law for at least a year, while Democrat Jerry Brown supports the law.
Mary Nichols, chairwoman of
- California voters, meanwhile, will vote on Proposition 23, a November initiative to suspend AB32 until the unemployment rate - now at 12.4 percent in California - falls to 5.5 percent or less for a year.
the California Air Resources Board, offered no explanation
when The Chronicle questioned her about the diesel emissions miscalculation. She was recently asked why the air board estimate of a nitrous oxide source was off by at least a factor of two - air board scientists have since revised their numbers, and data show the estimate was off by 340 percent.
- Nichols' response: "I can't answer that for you."
Nichols was emphatic, though, when asked whether she has concerns about other scientific calculations made by air board scientists."No, no, no, no, no, no, no and no," she said.
- Members of Nichols' board don't have an answerfor the overestimate either, said Ron Roberts, an air board member who is a Republican supervisor in San Diego County and who voted in favor of the diesel regulation.
"One of the hardest things about being on the board is separating fact from political fancy," Roberts said."... (If you find it so hard, quit. ed.)
(continuing): "Roberts has been on the board
for 15 years and said the agency has built a solid scientific reputation, but he said the board can't afford another mistake and he (a Republican) still does not know what really happened."I think somehow some very poor decisions have been made and politics have entered the picture too much," he said.
- "There are plenty of excuses but no explanations."" (Again, you should quit or be fired. ed.)
(continuing): "The regulation - called the In-Use Off-Road Diesel Vehicle Regulation - was adopted by the board in July 2007 to cut the amount of emissions released by diesel vehicles, with some exceptions, that aren't operated on regular roads and highways. Most of the affected vehicles are used in construction, mining and airport ground support and include such machinery as bulldozers, dump trucks, forklifts and cranes.
- The construction industry had said the rule would cost construction businesses $10 billion to $12 billion in equipment purchases or upgrades required to make the machines run cleaner."...(Trillions are staked on the death of California based on a fraud. ed.)
(continuing SF Chronicle): "The regulation restricts the emission of two pollutants - nitrous oxide and particulate matter - to meet federal clean-air standards and to benefit public health."...
- (Everyone wants clean air and public health. This is about something different. ed.)
(continuing): "Most standards created by the board have been praised as groundbreaking in the fight against pollution, but recent errors
have also made the board a target for criticism.
The revision was ordered
- One of the major recent problems was an air board estimate of premature deaths caused by particulate matter spewing from diesel engines. The first calculation found 18,000 deaths a year in the state had links to particulate matter. That has been revised down by nearly half.
after the board scientist who oversaw that study was outed as having faked his scientific credentials.
- Roberts and other board members were not told by Nichols that the scientist, Hien Tran, lied about earning a doctorate from UC Davis
Nichols, who acknowledges she knew about the falsification
- before they voted in favor of regulations based in part on his science. That vote took place in December 2008.
prior to the vote, has apologized for not sharing that information with her fellow board members."...
- (And she still has a job. ed.)
(continuing): "Roberts called the spate of errors "a major black eye" for the board. He said he does not know why the process to fix them is taking longer than first expected.
- Top researchers at the air board said they are dealing with complex issues and that their jobs have been made harder because the economic downturn has shut down some of the pollution-emitting machines that were in use in industries like construction and trucking.
Todd Sax, chief of the board's mobile source analysis branch, said scientists are trying to keep up with changes in the economy to have the best pollution estimates and to ensure the state meets federal air-quality obligations.
The previous estimate was 1 billion gallons,
- "We've been trying to get the numbers right, and the recession continues to take hold," Sax said, adding that his branch is "constantly re-evaluating" its numbers.
- Their latest estimate for sources of nitrous oxide found that off-road vehicles are burning 228 million gallons of diesel fuel per year.
which means the first estimate was 340 percent higher than the new calculation.
- Sax said roughly half of that is due to the recession but the other half is due to a revised method of calculation that focuses more directly on the amount of fuel sold instead of estimates about equipment use.
The problem, and the revised counting method, came to light after Robert Harley
, a UC Berkeley professor of environmental engineering, and a colleague at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory did their own evaluation, which was published in December in the journal Atmospheric Environment.
Harley found that prior to the recession the board's estimates of nitrous oxide were too high by a factor of 4.5 and its estimate of particulate matter was off by a factor of 3.1, an extraordinarily high amount to be off scientifically.
- While air board officials and other defenders of the board's science point to the economy as a major factor in the overestimates,
- "The difference is large enough that it changes policy," Harley said.
Harley said he has not found major discrepancies in other industrial sectors - such as trucking - where the air board has estimated pollution emissions.Meanwhile, the estimate of premature deaths linked to diesel engine particulate matter has been downsized to 9,200 from the previous study's estimate of 18,000. ...
- The Air Resources Board acknowledges that the new estimates mean that emitters of the pollution would need to make significantly smaller - and in turn less expensive - changes to their vehicles.
Some construction industry leaders, whose businesses have been a major target for reducing pollution, said they have long been skeptical of the board's estimates. They had eagerly awaited proposals for regulation changes, and some even believe the air board was intentionally slowing down the adoption of changes to lie low while the debate over AB32 rages in the public forum.
Air board staff members
- "I think they're waiting till after November because they are really hoping the election goes one way that's more favorable than another and they would have a freer hand to do what they want to do," said Michael Lewis, president of the Construction Industry Air Quality Coalition, which monitors regulations affecting the industry. The coalition supports Prop. 23 (to suspend AB32), but has not made major donations to the campaign, Lewis said, citing the severe impact of the recession. ...
are considering changing other regulations, too, including for on-road trucks, though there has been no formal agreement like the one announced Thursday.
- Julie Sauls, spokeswoman for the California Trucking Association, said the delay has led to immense confusion in the industry over what regulations companies ultimately will have to comply with and when.
The initial rules affecting trucks begin this year, and the more expensive regulations take effect and ramp up over the next several years....The association has endorsed Prop. 23.
- While the air board has spent the past few months revising its diesel data,
- something else has happened: It has pushed back one of the most controversial parts of AB32 - the cap-and-trade program for carbon emissions.
The cap-and-trade regulation was expected to be put before the public for review this spring, but now board officials say it will be sometime this fall and will be voted on before the end of the year.
The great benefit of science
- Nichols, the air board chairwoman, rejects notions that the air board is avoiding the spotlight, calling the delays the nature of science and adding that, "In politics people can fudge; in science you can't.
is it is peer-reviewed."" (This woman has already admitted she is a scientific fraud....ed.)
No matter what happens, Nichols said her board will complete its work on AB32 by the mandated end-of-year deadline....
The Legislature created
the California Air Resources Board in 1967 to oversee the state's air quality by conducting research into sources of pollution and ways to remove it from the air, and by setting and enforcing emissions standards.
- It has an 11-member board and a large staff.
The air board sets the pollution limits used in vehicle smog checks and consumer products like spray paint and even sets standards for idling trucks and buses. It has created some of the strictest clean-air rules in the country."
(Everyone wants clean air but there's a big difference between air pollution, "carbon pollution," and "catastrophic man made global warming," the latter two terms used to blame the evil US for causing far off Pacific Islands to sink. The terms confuse and combine the issues of clean air and global catastrophic CO2 endangerment).
(Definition of Prop. 23
which would suspend AB32).
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