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Monday, June 3, 2019

Two petroleum suppliers to pay $1 million for clean air violations

$500,000 goes to community clean-air projects in San Joaquin Valley, San Diego

SACRAMENTO – The California Air Resources Board today announced it has fined two petroleum product suppliers — George E. Warren Corp. and Shell Pipeline Co. — for failure to comply with California air quality regulations.
George E. Warren Corp. and Shell Pipeline Co. were fined $735,000 and $300,000, respectively.
The fuel violation was discovered during a routine sampling audit of an import marine vessel at the Port of Los Angeles. California Air Resources Board inspectors determined approximately 11 million gallons of motor fuel imported by George E. Warren Corp. had exceeded the threshold concentration of olefins allowed under the California Reformulated Gasoline Regulation.
Olefins are a type of hydrocarbon that readily reacts with sunlight to form smog. By reducing the olefin content of gasoline, the amount of smog formed and the amount of 1,3 butadiene (a toxic compound) in exhaust emissions are reduced.
The fuel imported at Shell Pipeline Co. facilities had been distributed to five separate bulk terminals downstream of the original import location, and to several retail service stations.
“Companies must demonstrate that their products will not result in excess emissions into our air,” California Air Resources Board Enforcement Division Chief Todd Sax said. “Periodic testing of fuel by companies and inspections by CARB ensure that Californians will not be exposed to harmful air pollutants.”
Once they were made aware of the noncompliant fuel, George E. Warren and Shell Pipeline took prompt action to halt all movement and sales of the fuel. CARB estimates approximately 1.3 million gallons of affected fuel was sold at retail stations. Once CARB determined the fuel was re-blended and in compliance, sales were allowed to continue.
To resolve the violations, George E. Warren and Shell Pipeline agreed to pay the combined total of $1,035,000. The companies also agreed to offset $501,327 of the settlement by funding eight Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs). Projects include air filtration, health and air pollution research, community air monitoring, and identification of diesel pollution hotspots. All projects were selected to improve health and education, and provide funding for exposure reduction projects in San Joaquin Valley and San Diego disadvantaged communities.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Tesoro fined $1.36 million for Low Carbon Fuel Standard violations

Company misreported 1.9 billion gallons of fuel

SACRAMENTO – The California Air Resources Board today announced a $1.36 million settlement with Tesoro Refining & Marketing, LLC for violating the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). The LCFS requires that regulated fuel producers report the carbon generated in the production of transportation fuels sold in California. In this case, the company misreported 1.9 billion gallons of gasoline, diesel, biodiesel and ethanol, including underreporting 403 million gallons of LCFS deficit-generating fuels.
“California’s programs to address climate change require accurate reporting.  This settlement is a reminder to fuel producers that accuracy matters,” said CARB Executive Officer Richard W. Corey. “The LCFS is an important part of our work as Californians expect more clean fuel choices that offer alternatives to petroleum and reduce emissions of pollutants that adversely impact public health and reduce greenhouse gases.”
In March 2017, Tesoro notified CARB that the company had misreported fuel data from 2011 to 2016. The inaccurate information spanned 24 quarterly reports. Tesoro formally acknowledged the mistake in a letter outlining the problems, and worked with CARB to account for all the fuel provided and correct their reports. Because of the company’s cooperation, the settlement is for far less than the maximum possible penalties.
The money from the fine will be deposited in the state Air Pollution Control Fund where it can be appropriated by the legislature for air quality and greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction efforts.
The LCFS encourages the use of cleaner, low-carbon fuels in California. It also encourages the production of those fuels, and therefore, reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
The LCFS standards are expressed in terms of the "carbon intensity" (CI) of gasoline and diesel fuel and their various substitutes. CI is calculated based on the "life cycle" greenhouse gas emissions of a fuel. Those emissions include carbon dioxide, methane, nitrogen oxide and other greenhouse gas contributors. This life cycle assessment examines the greenhouse gas emissions associated with each step of the production, transportation and use of a given fuel, sometimes referred to as “well-to-wheel” analysis.
Under the LCFS, fuel producers generate deficits or credits based on an annual baseline CI. Fuels with a CI above the baseline create deficits; fuels with a CI below the baseline generate credits. Companies with credits can sell them to companies with deficits.
The LCFS provides consumers with a growing variety and volume of cleaner fuels. Renewable liquid fuels – including renewable and biodiesel – displaced over 568 million gallons of diesel in 2018. Nearly 120 million gallons of diesel were displaced by renewable natural gas, and electricity – used to run hundreds of thousands of plug-in cars and trucks – displaced about 96 million gallons of petroleum.
The LCFS is one of several programs developed under The Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32). It works with other AB 32 programs such as Cap-and-Trade, the zero-emission vehicle program and the Renewables Portfolio Standard to achieve California’s groundbreaking GHG reduction goals.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Aftermarket Parts Procedures Workshop – Discussion on Proposed “Procedures for Exemption of Add-On and Modified Part(s) for On Road Vehicles/Engines”

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) invites you to participate in an Aftermarket Parts Procedures workshop meeting to discuss staff’s proposal to revise the current “Procedures for Exemption of Add-on and Modified Parts”. The discussion will focus on an updated draft version to the evaluation process. For those who cannot attend in person, a webinar will be available.
When available, all meeting materials will be posted on the Aftermarket Parts Public Meetings webpage.
Please see below for additional details regarding the work group meeting:
DATE:               Wednesday, June 5, 2019
TIME:                10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (PST)
LOCATION:      California Air Resources Board
                          Haagen Smit Auditorium (Annex 4)
                          9530 Telstar Avenue, El Monte, CA 91731
If you are unable to attend in person, the work group is available via webinar

California Anti Tampering Laws (Vehicle Code (VC) 27156 and VC 38391) prohibit the sale, operation, and modification of engines or vehicles from their originally certified configuration. The aftermarket parts program evaluation procedures, “Procedures for Exemption of Add-on and Modified Parts” (Procedures), provide the process and criteria for manufacturers of add-on and modified parts to obtain exemptions to legally sell parts in California. Add-on and modified parts are defined in California Code of Regulations, title13, section 1900 (b) (1 and 10) and section 2222. The Procedures are intended to be robust enough to demonstrate that the aftermarket parts will not adversely impact emissions, the original emissions control system, and the On-Board Diagnostics system of the certified engine or vehicle, while providing industry with a less complicated evaluation protocol.
The Procedures were last updated in June 1990. Since that time, engines, vehicles, emission control technologies and strategies have changed and become more complex. The Procedures have provided industry and CARB with the tools needed to continue the evaluation of aftermarket parts as the standards and test procedures have changed. However, staff wishes to revisit the processes and test protocols to ensure they reflect current procedures and technologies while providing the tools necessary to evaluate engines and vehicles of the future. The purpose of the workshop is to discuss a draft replacement to the Procedures and solicit additional feedback.

For questions regarding the work group or modification of the aftermarket parts procedure, please contact Mr. Richard Muradliyan, Air Resources Engineer, at (626) 575-6798.
CARB staff will use the Aftermarket Parts mailing list to notify stakeholders of updates and future work group meetings. Subscribe to receive email updates from the Aftermarket Parts program.

Monday, May 27, 2019

This is the Mitsubishi you forgot about: Lancer Evo 2

Donut Media has a look at a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution II
We all know about the legendary Evo 8 and 9, but what about the OG cars that started it all for Mitsubishi? There were only 5,000 examples ever made of the Evo II, they were only sold in Japan, and we got our hands on one thanks to our friends at Top Rank. Get ready to go intercooler to rally-wing on the 1994 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution II. Credits Host: James Pumphrey Director: Jesse Wood Producer: Kristina Nikolic Executive Producer: Josh Mattingly Written by: Sarah Fairfield Editor: Max Maddox Camera: Charles Guinto, Eddie Esparza, Felipe Armenta Gaffer: Joseph Pitruzzello Huge thanks to Top Rank for letting us borrow there Evo, check ‘em out! https://www.importavehicle.com/ Also, thanks to The Motoring Club for letting us use their location! https://www.themotoringclub.co/ Some of our best videos ever are coming out soon, stay tuned so you won't miss a thing! ►Subscribe here: http://bit.ly/1JQ3qvO Check out more Donut Media Videos: https://youtu.be/Pz8IGLgFE2s?list=PLF… Want a Donut shirt or sticker? Visit https://shop.donut.media/ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/donutmedia/ Click here if you want to learn more about Donut Media: http://www.donut.media/ Donut Media is at the center of digital media for the next generation of automotive and motorsports enthusiasts. We are drivers, drifters, and car enthusiasts who love to tell stories.

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