Health Update: Exposure to Traffic-Related Air Pollution and Indicators of Adverse Health Effects in Adults with Heart Disease
It is well recognized that exposure to particulate matter (PM) is associated with heart disease and premature death. However, little is known regarding which components of PM are most responsible for harmful effects. This study showed that increased levels of heart disease indicators were most associated with smaller particles and the directly emitted organic carbon component of traffic-related PM.
1. “Environmental Exposures in Early Childhood Education Environments,” University of California, Berkeley, $417,496, Proposal No. 2665-263.
2 “Measurement of Diesel Solid Nanoparticle Emissions Using a Catalytic Stripper for Comparison to Europe's PMP Protocol,” University of California, Riverside, $170,000, Proposal No. 2664-263.
3. “Integrated Physical, Chemical and Optical Measurements of Heavy-Duty Diesel Emissions at NASA AMES Full Scale Wind Tunnel,” University of California, Davis, $419,917, Proposal No. 2673-263.
4. “Advanced Understanding of Particle Radiative Forcing Emitted from Combustion Sources in California,” University of California, San Diego/University of California, Berkeley, $796,403, Proposal No. 2678-263.
5. “Assessment of Baseline Nitrous Oxide Emissions in California Cropping Systems,” University of California, Davis, $300,000, Proposal No. 2669-263.
6. “Nocturnal Chemistry in the Urban Boundary Layer of Los Angeles,” University of California, Los Angeles, $289,097, Proposal No. 2674-263.
7. “Characterization of Atmospheric Chemistry in the Southern San Joaquin Valley and Initial Comparison with Chemistry in the South Coast Air Basin,” $1,050,000, Proposal No. 2677-263.
8. “Study of In-Use Engine Deterioration in Diesel Off Road Equipment,” University of California, Riverside, $300,000, Proposal No. 2676-263.
9. “Development of an Updated Base Case Ambient VOX Mixture for Assessing Atmospheric Reactivity,” University of Texas, $40,000, Proposal No. 2670-263.
10. “Characterization of Ambient Aerosol Sources and Processes During CalNex 2010 with Aerosol Mass Spectrometry,” University of Colorado, Boulder, $285,000, Proposal No. 2672-263.
11. “Low VOC, Stain Blocking Specialty Primer Coating,” California Polytechnic University, $249,996, Proposal No. 2675-263.
Public Hearing to Consider the Adoption of a Proposed Regulation to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from California Semiconductor Operations
Staff will propose a new regulation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from semiconductor operations. This discrete early action measure under Assembly Bill 32 establishes emission limits for semiconductor operations, which will reduce greenhouse gases. The regulation also requires recordkeeping and reporting.
Public Hearing to Consider the Adopting a Regulation to Reduce Sulfur Hexafluoride Emissions in Non-Semiconductor and Non-Utility Applications
Staff will propose a new regulation to phase-out sulfur hexafluoride from non-semiconductor and non-electrical applications. This proposed regulation would impact two main sectors: magnesium casting and tracer gas users (particularly engineering firms). Additional covered uses include research, and miscellaneous uses in retail products. The regulation would result in a decrease of at least 0.10 million metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent in a cost-effective manner.
Public Meeting to Report to the Board on Staff's Nonattainment Area Recommendations for the Revised Federal 8-Hour Ozone Standard
Staff will present nonattainment area recommendations for the new federal 0.075 ppm 8 hour ozone standard. ARB will submit these recommendations to the United States Environmental Protection Agency by March 12, 2009.
Public Meeting to Consider the Approval of New Grants under the Innovative Clean Air Technologies (ICAT) Program
In response to a public solicitation for applications to the ICAT program, staff has received and reviewed proposals for the quality of their innovative technologies, their potentials for reducing air pollution and for commercial application in California, their potential economic benefits for California, the quality of the proposed demonstration projects, and their values to ARB programs. Staff is recommending grants for four of the proposed projects.
The Board will hold a closed session, as authorized by Government Code section 11126(e), to confer with, and receive advice from, its legal counsel regarding the following pending litigation:
Central Valley Chrysler-Jeep, Inc. et al. v. Goldstene, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, No. 08-17378 on appeal from U.S. District Court (E.D. Cal. - Fresno).
Fresno Dodge, Inc. et al. v. California Air Resources Board et al., Superior Court of California (Fresno County), Case No. 04CE CG03498.
General Motors Corp. et al. v. California Air Resources Board et al., Superior Court of California (Fresno County), Case No. 05CE CG02787.
State of California by and through Arnold Schwarzenegger, the California Air Resources Board, and the Attorney General v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Stephen L. Johnson, Administrator, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, Case No. 08-1178.
Green Mountain Chrysler-Plymouth-Dodge-Jeep, et al. v. Crombie, 508 F.Supp.2d 295, U.S. District Court Vermont (2007), appeal to U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, Nos. 07-4342-cv(L) and 07-4360-cv(CON).
Tesoro Refining and Marketing Company v. California Air Resources Board, Superior Court of California (Sacramento County), Case No. 34-2008-80000064.
OPPORTUNITY FOR MEMBERS OF THE BOARD TO COMMENT ON MATTERS OF INTEREST
Board members may identify matters they would like to have noticed for consideration at future meetings and comment on topics of interest; no formal action on these topics will be taken without further notice.
OPEN SESSION TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO ADDRESS THE BOARD ON SUBJECT MATTERS WITHIN THE JURISDICTION OF THE BOARD.
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