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FAILURE TO IMPLEMENT SUCCESSFUL CLEAN AIR PLAN AT THE DISTRICT RESULTS IN FORCEFUL MOTIONS BY U.S. EPA

 LOS ANGELES, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- "Emphasize the need to redirect Clean Air Policy towards mobile sources," urged civic leader William Huston to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials at a public meeting at the South Coast Air Quality Management District today.
 "The District has had no solid accomplishments in reducing mobile sources of smog, which generate 70 percent of air pollution," declared Gary Conley, president of the Economic Development Corp. of Los Angeles County. "but at the same time, we certainly don't need U.S. EPA intervention in developing a feasible plan to address mobile source emissions, especially in light of EPA's choice to centralize California's smog check program," he added.
 "Deliberate sidestepping of mobile source regulations has stopped progress on air quality and now Federal EPA officials are coming to correct these errors," explained Economist Joseph Haring of the Pasadena Research Institute, which has published 18 widely circulated reports on air quality regulations in the Southland. "Even the District's path- breaking RECLAIM program -- two years in preparation -- neglects to sufficiently address mobile-source emissions," he added.
 "Clean Air in Southern California within the jurisdictions of the California Air Resources Board and the local District, both of which have failed to implement economically and environmentally efficient programs. We don't need carpetbaggers from the East," commented Huston, chairman of the Community Air Quality Task Force, a group of 120 business, labor and government executives. "The last thing Los Angeles needs is another government agency adding to the already existing bureaucratic quandary," he added. "The District needs to address these problems on their own with the assistance of the local businesses, not the Federal EPA."
 The EDC emphasized today the need for the District to pay closer attention to mobile source emission problems, which cause 70 percent of our pollution. "If the problems are not sufficiently addressed by the local District," warned Conley, "the region will witness suffocation through Federal government actions on a Federal Implementation Plan."
 The Task Force recommended a 6-point program to realign priorities of clean air in the Southland:
 1. Expanded Old Car Scrapping.
 The South Coast District has approved Rule 1610 -- Old Car Scrapping for tradeable credits. RECLAIM's Rule 2008 extends it to anyone interested. Great acceleration of the process is warranted here, because the potential for emission reductions is enormous.
 2. Enhanced Inspection and Maintenance.
 CAQTF supports the implementation of an enhanced inspection and maintenance program, including remote sensing as it believes that the repair, retrofit or replacement of old car engines may represent the most cost-effective control option of any remaining mobile source strategy.
 3. Diesel Fuel Testing Protocols.
 The California Air Resource Board (CARB) is using diesel fuel test protocols that are inaccurate and unreliable because of enforced frequent switching between clean and ordinary fuels without adequate clean-out and break-in procedures. Moreover, the ARB recommended method for measuring aromatics (ASTI D1319) is out-of-date. Detailed recommendations for improvement are available from CAQTF and others. EPA should require CARB to move forward here.
 4. Standards for Fuel Additives.
 Although CARB recommends the use of cetane improvers and other additives, no standards for qualifying or evaluating such additives have been established. Some additives produce highly undesirable side effects, including increased NOx emissions and/or toxic gases. New methods of additive evaluation are badly needed, and EPA should require progress in this field.
 5. Emission Reduction Credits for Exceeding Clean Fuel Standards.
 CARB has not yet proposed allowances or credits for fuels that exceed emission standards, although it has endorsed the concept of emission credits in general. CAQTF recommends that EPA require CARB to issue marketable emission credits for providing fuel that exceeds ARB requirements.
 6. Traffic Control Measures (TCM).
 Well-formulated traffic control programs, such as a congestion or vehicle miles traveled (VMT) program, can help Southern California achieve the Clean Air Act targets without inappropriately constraining business activity, local government land use authority or quality of life. EPA should require both CARB and the South Coast District to develop cost-effective programs in this field.
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 /CONTACT: Dr. Joe Haring, 818-795-5723; or Laura E. Mascheroni, 213-462-5111/


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