The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has fined two shipping companies for failing to switch from bottom-of-the-barrel bunker fuel to clean-burning, low-sulfur fuel when sailing within 24 miles of California's coast, as required by state law adopted back in 2008.
On February 11th, the California Dump Truck Owners Association (CDTOA) filed a lawsuit against the California Air Resources Board (CARB), challenging the legality of a statewide rule that requires truck and bus owners equip their rigs with diesel exhaust filters and, eventually, to replace pre-2010 engines with emissions-compliant mills.
After a successful first year, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has decided to initiate round two of its Hybrid Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP). This time around, CARB will award grants totaling $19 million to fleet customers who purchase medium- and heavy-duty hybrid trucks and buses.
California's recently elected Governor, Jerry Brown, has reappointed Mary Nichols as California Air Resources Board (CARB) chairman. Nichols, who served her first stint as CARB chairman back in 1978, was reappointed to her current position back in July 2007 by then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.