Any celebration over having passed a new national energy bill with requirements to raise Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards to 35 mpg by 2020 was instantly tempered when the EPA denied the right of California and 16 other states to set their own emissions standards. California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger immediately vowed to fight back and sue the EPA over its decision.
Port representatives from around the U.S. are currently attending the third Faster Freight - Cleaner Air (FFCA) conference which examines technologies and processes designed to reduce the environmental impact of all sectors of the goods movement industry (rail, trucking, marine, off-road equipment and air freight). Last November the Ports
In an annual report, the Environmental Protection Agency stated that smog levels have dramatically dropped for 19 Eastern states covering roughly 1/3 of the nation's population. The reduction is primarily due to fewer emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) from industrial plants and manufacturing facilities. According to the report, NOx emissions went from 1.2 million tons in 2000 to 530,000 tons in 2005. Other major sources of NOx are vehicle exha