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2012-10-25 11:21:51

Points Out Small fines, Misunderstanding of Powers, and Calls for Action in Three Cases SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog sent a letter today to the head of California's Department of Toxic Substances Control urging the agency to stop stalling and sanction or pull permits of serial environmental violators, including Chevron and Evergreen Oil, a used oil-re-refiner. A third case, that of hazardous waste processor Phibro-Tech in the largely...

2012-10-25 07:25:27

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Diesel Technology Forum issued the following statement today regarding the study published this week by the University of California-Berkeley comparing diesel and gasoline emissions. Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum, issued this statement: (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120201/MM46474LOGO) "There have been several studies and reports released this year regarding diesel emissions,...

2012-10-16 15:20:18

AUDUBON, Pa., Oct. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has extended its verification of the Johnson Matthey CRT(®) Particulate Filter system to include 13" diameter systems that will work on large bore, high horsepower 1994 to 2006 model year on-road engines up to 650 hp. As the global pioneer and leader in controlling emissions from mobile and stationary sources, Johnson Matthey's CRT(®) filter has revolutionized modern diesel emissions...

2012-09-21 06:20:47

"For comparison, an 18-wheeler diesel engine truck would have to drive 143 miles on the freeway to put out the same mass of particulates as a single charbroiled hamburger patty." - Bill Welch, the principle engineer, University of California-Riverside WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The major advancements in clean diesel technology have been highlighted in a new and unique study by the University of California-Riverside that found commercially cooked hamburgers emit...

A Tree In The Sierra Nevada
2012-08-08 10:29:40

A coniferous view of the link between snowmelt and water supplies in the U.S. West The following is part two in a series on the National Science Foundation's Critical Zone Observatories (CZO). Part one describes the work of the Susquehanna Shale Hills CZO. White fir, ponderosa pine, Jeffrey pine. Sugar pine, incense cedar, red fir: These are conifers of the headwater ecosystems of California's Sierra Nevada. If trees could talk, what tales they might tell of the health of the...

2012-07-24 10:20:51

Timidity and Fragmented Oversight of Evergreen Oil Plant Hamper Enforcement, Endanger Community, Says Group SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 24, 2012 ??/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New information obtained from emergency responders shows that showing that a July 6th high-temperature leak at the Evergreen Oil re-refining plant in Newark, California involved a hazardous industrial chemical, not just recycled motor oil, as initially reported. Consumer Watchdog called on the chief regulator of the...

2012-07-16 10:21:59

State Department of Toxic Substances Control Must Send "Strong Message" to Evergreen Oil Re-Refiner Over Repeated Safety Lapses, Accidents SANTA MONICA, Ca., July 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog called on the Director of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, Debbie Raphael, to indefinitely close the Evergreen Oil waste-oil re-refinery in Newark, Ca. in a letter sent today. On July 6, a pipe leak spewed "superheated oil" and triggered an emergency...

2012-05-16 10:22:08

LOS ANGELES, May 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) will present a series of free informational workshops about solar water heating systems and the rebates available through the California Solar Initiative (CSI) - Thermal Program for qualifying systems in single-family residences. The first workshop will be held from 7:30-9 p.m., Wednesday, May 23, at the City of Calabasas Civic Center Founders Hall, 100 Civic Center Way, Calabasas. Attendees will learn the...

2012-04-11 10:22:02

Senators Must Seek Specifics On Delays, Unheard Complaints and Lax Enforcement at Confirmation Hearing for State's Toxic Oversight Head SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a letter to state senators, Consumer Watchdog called for an examination of the years-long failure of the Department of Toxic Substances Control to protect communities from dangerous industries near homes and schools. Senators have an opportunity to ask questions about these problems...

2011-12-01 14:09:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection today issued technical guidance clarifying that natural gas conversions are authorized under the Pennsylvania Clean Vehicles Program. New passenger car or light-duty truck conversion systems certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or the California Resources Air Board may be installed on vehicles in Pennsylvania. "Using affordable domestic natural gas for transportation fuel...