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By Douglas Birch and Douglas Birch,Staff Writer | July 30, 1993
Forty percent of the heavy diesel trucks tested so far in Maryland's new voluntary emissions-control program flunked, spewing smoke dirtier than an industry-recommended standard.But state Department of the Environment officials greeted the news cheerfully yesterday.That failure rate is very close to what they expected when the program for heavy-duty rigs began seven weeks ago, officials said at a press conference in West Friendship, held at a truck weigh station on Interstate 70.The 18-month, penalty-free "pilot program," they said, is supposed to encourage the owners of soot-belching vehicles to tune up their engines and clean up the air. The $160,000 effort is also intended to help the state decide in 1995 whether a mandatory testing program for heavy-duty trucks, defined as those weighing more than 8,500 pounds, is needed.
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By Stephanie Simon and Stephanie Simon,LOS ANGELES TIMES | December 10, 2006
BOULDER, Colo. -- Frustrated with the federal response to global warming, hundreds of cities, suburbs and rural communities across the nation have taken bold steps to slash their energy consumption and reduce emissions of the pollutants that cause climate change. This outdoorsy college town recently adopted the nation's first "climate tax" - an extra fee for electricity use, with all proceeds going to fight global warming. Seattle has imposed a new parking tax, and the mayor said he hopes to charge tolls on major roads in an effort to discourage driving - a major source of greenhouse gas pollution.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,SUN STAFF | August 18, 2001
Environmental Elements Corp., the Baltimore-based maker of air pollution-control devices, said it has won its second contract as a result of new federal regulations tightening hazardous-emissions standards in the paper industry. The company said it won a $15 million contract from a North American pulp and paper company to do environmental cleanup work at four paper mills in the Southeast. Environment Elements officials didn't identify the client. It is the second contract the company has secured as a result of companies' needing to meet tougher standards for reducing hazardous air pollutant emissions.
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By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,Sun reporter | November 9, 2007
Maryland joined California and a dozen other states yesterday in suing the Bush administration for failing to approve their programs to reduce global warming pollution from vehicles. Maryland's General Assembly this spring approved a law called the Clean Cars Act that requires the state to follow California's lead in requiring all new cars to cut their carbon dioxide emissions by a third by 2016. New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut and other states also want to follow California, which has unique authority under federal law to set vehicle emissions standards different than national limits, as long as it obtains a waiver from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
BUSINESS
By Ted Shelsby | December 28, 1997
NEGOTIATORS from around the world have agreed tentatively on a package of measures that, for the first time, would legally obligate industrialized countries to cut emissions of so-called greenhouses gases that scientists say are warming Earth's atmosphere.Under terms of the tentative accord reached in Kyoto, Japan, the United States will have to cut its emissions by 7 percent from 1990 levels.The European Union's target was set at a reduction in emissions of 8 percent and Japan's at 6 percent.
NEWS
By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer | January 5, 1994
CLARIFICATIONA story in Wednesday's Carroll and Howard editions should have made clear that the current auto-emissions testing station on Bethel Road near Route 140 in Carroll County will remain in operation until the end of this year.A new auto-emissions test station will be built at the Air Business Center as planned because it would be too expensive to build it at another site, Carroll and Westminster officials decided yesterday.It would cost taxpayers about $300,000 to build the station at another location, city Public Works Director Thomas B. Beyard said.
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By Joe Mathews and Joe Mathews,SUN STAFF | December 28, 1996
The operators of the Hawkins Point Medical Waste Incinerator -- which has come under fierce criticism from local environmentalists and neighborhood leaders -- have reduced emissions of pollutants by about half over the past two years, according to public records and interviews.Since new operators, under the name Phoenix Services Inc., took charge of the facility two years ago, there have been no violations or warnings issued against the incinerator, according to state environmental officials.
NEWS
January 21, 1996
FOR THE SECOND YEAR, Gov. Parris N. Glendening has responded to problems with Maryland's auto emission inspection program by seeking a one-year postponement of the controversial treadmill-testing of vehicles. That's a prudent course, given the continuing problems at the 19 stations run by the private contractor, MARTA Technologies Inc. of Nashville, Tenn.This time, the governor should wisely use the delay for a thorough re-examination of this expensive auto testing program, which was pushed through in the last month of the lame-duck Schaefer administration.
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By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF | September 28, 2004
Pressured by regulators, the owner of four major power plants in the Washington area announced plans yesterday for cutting air pollution linked to urban smog and "dead zones" in the Chesapeake Bay. The Mid-Atlantic branch of Atlanta-based Mirant Corp. filed a consent decree in U.S. District Court in Alexandria to avoid a threatened Virginia lawsuit for exceeding the state limit on nitrogen oxide emissions by more than 100 percent in the summer of 2003 at its coal-burning plant in Alexandria.
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By Jessica Valdez and Jessica Valdez,SUN STAFF | January 10, 2004
A $100,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency will help buy ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel for 165 transit buses in East Baltimore, officials said yesterday. Wedged between several disassembled MTA buses in a Highlandtown bus barn, representatives from several state, national and local agencies said the one-year project is intended to reduce diesel exhaust emissions, which exacerbate the city's smog and can cause respiratory and health problems. The EPA money given to the Maryland Department of the Environment will subsidize the difference in cost between regular diesel and the ultra-low-sulfur fuel, which is 8 cents to 12 cents more a gallon, said Robert L. Smith, administrator for the Maryland Transit Administration.
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