June 2003 Environment & Climate News

Issue Date: 
June, 2003

California consumers simply refused to pay top dollar for the low-performance battery-operated vehicles needed to meet a zero-emission vehicle mandate adopted by the state in 1990. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) voted 8-3 on April 24 to rescind the mandate. That story tops page 1 of the June 2003 issue of Environment & Climate News.

Also on page 1:

  • A study in the May 30 issue of Remote Sensing of Environment, a research journal for environmental scientists, analyzes the urban heat island effect in Houston, Texas ... and concludes localized, artificial heat islands may explain all of the twentieth century warming reported by ground-based temperature stations.
  • A Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) report relies on junk science to conclude wood treated with chromated copper arsenate (CCA) is unsafe. CPSC never considered whether alternative preservatives were more or less dangerous than CCA.
  • James Knott, a Northridge, Massachusetts-based manufacturer of plastic-coated wire mesh, was indicted in 1998 for allegedly discharging highly acidic wastewater into the town’s sewer system. But EPA employees falsified records against him, causing a judge to throw out the evidence and the agency to drop its case. Knott is suing EPA for more than $15 million.

This issue of ECN also covers controversial lumber duties charged by the U.S. against Canadian softwood imports; EPA’s April 15 proposal to cut emissions from non-highway diesel engines; climate change, the Kyoto Protocol, and the war in Iraq; the high cost of wind energy; EPA’s newly released child cancer guidelines; a challenge to the constitutionality of EPA standards for arsenic in drinking water; and the impact of regulations on summer gas prices.

Managing Editor James M. Taylor admits in his June editorial he attended a Sierra Club rally to oppose construction of a new bridge about a mile away from his own backyard. “We mainly oppose the bridge because it would be unsightly and would encourage people to move here from Tampa,” the anti-growth Sierra Club rep told him ... and Taylor concludes the bridge makes sense and he’ll support its construction.

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