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Rep. Mallory Seeks Funding for Clean Air Cincinnati Project

State Representative Dale Mallory (D-Cincinnati) today announced that he will work to secure federal, state and local dollars for three innovative local projects designed to reduce air pollution and increase energy efficiency in Cincinnati. The effortis intended to result in a cleaner, healthier environment in downtown neighborhoods.

“These projects, working through Clean Air Cincinnati, combine the elements of unique community development, improved air quality and energy efficiency,” said Rep. Mallory. “The proposed green Greyhound terminal and the Buddy LaRosa Sports Arena will feature a number of energy efficient designs which focus on reducing atmospheric emissions, energy consumption, materials resource use, waste management and biodiversity.”
Rep. Mallory, who chairs the Ohio House Environment and Brownfield Development Committee and is Vice Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will seek federal, state and local funding for three innovative projects that integrate LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) concepts and sustainable environmental practices:

1) Construction of a state-of-the-art eco-friendly green Greyhound terminal in Queensgate

2) Demolition of the old Greyhound terminal on Gilbert Avenue

3) Construction of a “green” 5,000-seat Buddy LaRosa Sports Arena on the Gilbert Avenue site

Rep. Mallory is also putting together an Advisory Group to assist the Clean Air Cincinnati Project. Their role will include guidance for the Project’s framework, outreach and help in developing ideas that advance clean air quality.

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Reducing Diesel Soot is Faster And Cheaper Than Reducing CO2 in Effort to Slow Global Warming

In his new book, Addicted to Energy, Silicon Valley venture capitalist Elton Sherwin claims that reducing diesel soot is key to affordably protecting the planet from rapid warming.

Drawing on research from UC Berkeley, Stanford and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography , Sherwin says that reducing diesel soot is faster and cheaper than reducing CO 2 . “We still need to dramatically reduce CO 2 , but eliminating diesel soot is a quick, affordable way to lessen the likelihood of crossing a major climate threshold or tipping point.”

Some models show California ‘s Central Valley getting 10 degrees hotter this century. “We in California should be very motivated to get this right, to lead the world in developing strategies to reduce diesel soot. This is primarily a financing issue, not a technology issue. The technology exists to do this.”

Stacy Jackson in her work at UC Berkeley has shown that primary active ingredient in diesel soot, black carbon, will have a significantly greater impact on the world’s climate than CO 2 in the short term.

Veerabhadran Ramanathan, one of the world’s leading climate scientists at Scripps Institute for Oceanography in a recent article in Foreign Affairs , says that existing emissions-control technologies could “be enough to offset the warming effects of one to two decades’ worth of carbon dioxide emissions.”**

In his book Sherwin suggests including diesel soot in California ‘s cap and trade system. “ California ‘s oil companies paid to retrofit dry cleaners in southern California to offset their emissions. If diesel soot were included in a cap and trade system, California ‘s largest polluters would immediately buy soot filters for the trucking industry, because this is such an inexpensive way to reduce emissions.”

About Elton Sherwin:
Elton Sherwin is a venture capitalist and the Senior Managing Director at Ridgewood Capital, where he invests in private energy-tech and clean-tech companies. He holds eight patents and sits on the boards of several clean-tech companies. His widely acclaimed first book, The Silicon Valley Way, was translated into Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, and Korean. Published in 1998, it continues to be used by entrepreneurs and universities around the world.

About Addicted to Energy:
Addicted to Energy is written as a guidebook to a fictional governor, with advice on how to manage both the climate and energy crises. The book devotees thirty pages to California’s AB 32 legislation. The book contains many charts and graphs, as well as practical tips for homeowners, businesses, and local governments.

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China Mart Los Angeles And Shanghai Environmental Energy Exchange Sign Exclusive California Emissions Trading Agreement

China Mart TM Los Angeles (CMLA), a business platform for Chinese Manufactures to Invest and grow in the U.S. located at Los Angeles International Airport has signed an exclusive emissions/equity trading agreement for California with the Shanghai Environment Energy Exchange (SEEE), China’s newest and largest exchange for trading environmental technology companies shares, and emission credits for COD and SO2 pollutants.

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Stephen Perl, CEO of China Mart Los Angeles states, “China Mart TM serves as a useful bridge and partner/member of the SEEE’s exchange because our mission is to increase the U.S.-Sino business relations resulting in new investment and jobs in the U.S., and at the same time, this partnership allows China Mart TM to create new clean-tech jobs in the U.S. as well. China Mart TM has been granted exclusive broker privilege to handle all SEEE emissions trading for the State of California which will be a useful tool for all manufacturing businesses in California in order to stay compliant with environmental standards when Congressman Waxman’s AB 32 Bill becomes law.”

Shanghai Environment Energy Exchange (www.cneeex.com), approved by Shanghai Municipal Government, is an international comprehensive market platform for the transactions between China and other countries in the fields of environment and energy. Based in Shanghai and serving the whole country and the world, SEEE is a specialized equity-capital market platform for the transactions of emission trading, asset rights, creditor’s rights, stock rights, IPR and etc focusing on environment and energy.

China Mart TM Los Angeles (www.ChinaMartUSA.com), founded by Stephen Perl (also CEO of 1st PMF Bancorp) is a U.S.-Sino business platform dedicated to bringing Chinese manufactures to invest in the U.S. market and to support their marketing, financing, and business operational needs as a “One-Stop Solution” in a safe environment. The China Mart TM Los Angeles location occupies a 3-acre campus at LAX and manages a 300,000 sq foot facility. It has offices in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen and an experienced marketing and business team of seasoned professional.

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Europcar, Europe’s Leading Car Rental Company, Is Once Again Pioneering In The Area Of Environmental Awareness And Protection

The company now provides information about the CO2 emitted by the vehicle on its rental invoices. The calculation is based on the vehicle type and model and the distance travelled.

A first in the car rental industry, this initiative is in keeping with Europcar’s ‘Environmental Charter’ commitment of raising awareness about the importance of taking the environment into account.

It also caters to an increasing trend among corporate customers – which have made their own commitments in the area of corporate social responsibility – to set specific environmental criteria for accrediting their suppliers.

Commenting on this latest initiative, Rafael Girona, Chief Operating Officer of Europcar Group, said: “By providing this information on rental invoices, we want to raise awareness among our customers and employees about the environmental impact of their actions and help them to be ‘ecological citizens’. After the certification of our Environmental Charter by Bureau Veritas in June 2008 and the creation of our carbon-offset program, this latest measure further demonstrates Europcar’s commitment to sustainable development.”

Europcar currently offers invoicing with the precise CO2 emissions data per rental in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. It will also soon be available in Australia.

Even before booking, customers can go online to assess the average Europcar fleet CO2 emissions for each rental car.

They can also offset car rental emissions thanks to Europcar’s partnership with leading global carbon offset provider ClimateCare.

Through these various initiatives, Europcar formalizes its commitment to being a responsible corporate citizen. In reflection of its pioneering role in the environmental field, Europcar was elected ‘The World’s Leading Green Transport Solution Company’, at the World Travel Awards in December 2008.

About Europcar
Owned by the French investment company Eurazeo, Europcar is the European leader in passenger car and light utility vehicle rentals. The company serves business and leisure customers throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia-Pacific. Excluding franchise operations, in 2008 Europcar signed more than 10 million rental contracts, with 8,000 employees and an average fleet exceeding 225,000 vehicles. In September 2008, Europcar and U.S. market leader Enterprise Rent-A-Car joined forces in a strategic alliance to form the world’s largest car rental network, with more than 1.2 million vehicles and 13,000 locations around the world.

About ClimateCare
UK-based ClimateCare is a leading global carbon offset provider, with experts in London, Ankara, Mauritius, Nairobi, New York, Oxford, Santiago and Sydney. ClimateCare has over 50 projects across the developing world, funding low carbon technologies with social and environmental benefits.

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Rick Phelps Of High Sierra Energy Foundation Is One Of The Facilitators At Sierra Solutions Conference In Mammoth Lakes, California October 3-4, 2008

The High Sierra Energy Foundation has been working on transitioning Mammoth Lakes from its dependency on propane as a primary home-heat to geothermal energy, obtained locally. Currently about 75% of Mammoth Lakes heat source comes from propane—going to local energy would radically effect not only the emissions from the production and burning of propane, but the impact of moving the fuel to Mammoth and then delivery to each home’s fuel tank—the trickle down of energy loss gets converted to energy saved when the movement is made to a local energy distribution network.

The California Energy Commission approved a grant of $191,000 from the Geothermal Resource Development Account to the Town of Mammoth Lakes in 2006, which is now underway. “The grant facilitates developing a business model for a geothermal heating district in Mammoth Lakes,” stated Phelps. “Over the last 20 years there have been numerous technical studies confirming that there is hot water under Mammoth Lakes, but this is the first study that will generate a comprehensive business plan,” continued Phelps. “This project has the potential to become a model for local energy creation and distribution. Mammoth Lakes will be a showpiece for energy efficiency and responsible use of local resources.”

Dave Harvey, Board President of the High Sierra Energy Foundation pointed out “this CEC grant, combined with the recent Community Energy Partnership with Southern California Edison, puts the Foundation well on the way to fulfilling its mission of promoting and developing efficiency and renewables in the High Sierra.”

In fact, electric power production and transportation are the two largest sources of carbon emissions in the United States with California producing 47.24 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. It qualifies as one of the biggest emitters in the United States.

Moving towards local economies and local energy sources is a powerful notion for saving energy, reducing carbon and building strong economies. Learn more about local energy generation, and other strategies for building resilient, sustainable communities in the Sierra—and how these practices apply to other regions by attending Sierra Solutions conference.

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE: SIERRA SOLUTIONS—Tools for Sustainable Communities, Economies and the Environment
October 3-4, 2008
Mammoth Resort Conference Center
Mammoth Lakes, CA

Hosted by The Sierra Business Council and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, SIERRA SOLUTIONS highlights leading sustainability speakers, who believe, “The Sierra Nevada is a place that serves as a model for the rest of the nation – it is a place where we pursue a green economy, support valuable ecosystems, and design sustainable communities.” Steve Frisch, Sierra Business Council

Solution-based tools, processes and opportunities for ensuring sustainable and vibrant Sierra communities, landscapes and local economies are the focus of this 2-day event in scenic Mammoth, California.

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A Class Action Lawsuit Demands Behr Dayton Thermal Plant To Make Financial Restitution For Damages To Residents Caused By Toxic Underground Fumes Caused By Groundwater Contamination Cased By The Plant

The Columbus, Ohio law firm of Leeseberg & Valentine, in litigation partnership with Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC (Maryland) and German Rubenstein, LLP (New York), have announced the filing of a class action lawsuit on behalf of residents living near the Behr Dayton Thermal Plant.

The suit demands that defendants Behr America, Inc., Behr Dayton Thermal Products, LLC and Behr Dayton Thermal Plant LLC, current owners of the facility, and Chrysler, LLC, former owner, make financial restitution for damages to residents caused by toxic underground fumes caused by groundwater contamination cased by the plant.

The suit was filed Tuesday, September 2, in the Court of Common Pleas, Montgomery, County, OH. The class includes all persons who live in the McCook Field neighborhood and other areas near the plant, located at 1600 Webster Street in Dayton.

“The U.S.Environmental Protection Agency has recognized the damage caused to the McCook neighborhood. Those responsible for the contamination need to be held accountable. Our lawsuit begins the process of holding the wrongdoers responsible for their disregard of the health and safety of these residents,” said attorney Anne Valentine.

Exceedingly high levels of toxic gases linked to cancer have been found in many homes in the area, leading the USEPA this year to nominate the site for the national Super Fund list.

The class action lawsuit seeks compensation for diminished property values, establishment of a medical monitoring fund, money to pay for installation and operation of air filtration systems, and punitive damages. Persons who think they may qualify as a member of the class may call toll free 1-800-590-1289 to speak to an attorney, or may find information on the web at www.McCookField-lawsuit.com

The three law firms partnering in the class action bring exceptional experience, expertise and resources to the case. German Rubinstein, LLP, has significant experience in environmental toxic torts and groundwater contamination matters. Janet, Jenner & Suggs and Leeseberg & Valentine are nationally known for expertise in dealing with mass torts.

Background

Census data shows the area includes an estimated 2,100 residents living in 1,100 homes and apartments. Former and current residents and property owners, and any persons who spent significant time in the area, such as employees of local businesses or schools, may have been exposed to harmful levels of chemicals and are included in the class.

At issue is a cloud, or plume, of poisonous gas that is rising from contaminated ground water in the area. The USEPA has pinpointed the source of the contamination as the thermal plant, when it was owned and operated by Chrysler Corp. Groundwater contamination in the area started in at least 1998, according to the EPA.

Chrysler has assumed responsibility for tracking and cleaning up the contamination. However, it is disputing EPA claims that the plume has spread significantly since 2002 and is now putting a greater number of people and properties at risk.

The Behr plume contains high levels of trichloroethylene or TCE, a highly toxic gas linked to cancer. The EPA considers a safe level of TCE for humans to be 0.4 parts per billion. Yet, indoor air concentrations in the community have been detected as high as 260 ppb. Air abatement systems have been installed in at least 185 properties in the area so far. The Ohio Department of Health has found rates of cancer from 1 ½ to nearly nine times the average in residents who live in near the plant.

USEPA released a report Aug. 1, warning that TCE levels in some homes in the area had reached levels “that may pose a long-term health threat.” The report said the Behr VOC plume is expected to continue to pose a public health hazard until the ground water is cleaned up. It said indoor air filtration systems proposed for impacted homes are only a temporary solution. One elementary school in the affected area has already been closed.

Chrysler owned and operated the plant from 1937 to 2002, first as Chrysler Corporation and then as the merged company, DaimlerChrysler. The facility, which manufactures vehicle air conditioners and cooling systems, was sold to Behr America in 2002.

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What do they do with platinum anyway? When it comes to cleaning up air pollution, the answer is plenty

The effect of escalating platinum prices on the cost of reducing air pollution. During February’s CBS broadcast of 60 Minutes, veteran commentator Andy Rooney asked what was all the fuss concerning the recent astronomical rise in platinum prices. Rooney ranted “I don’t really know what platinum is. What do they do with platinum anyway?” When it comes to cleaning up air pollution, the answer is plenty.

Surprisingly, manufacturers of air pollution control products are the top consumers of platinum – not the jewelry industry. Platinum is the catalyst used inside of most catalytic converters and diesel particulate filters to rid exhaust emissions of dangerous soot, hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide. With ever-more stringent air quality regulations being enforced in the United States and Europe, the demand for platinum has soared with the demand to control air pollution in cars, diesel trucks, construction vehicles, and emergency generators.

A recent shutdown of South African mines caused an increase of 41% in platinum prices since the beginning of the year. As South Africa supplies 78 percent of the world’s supply of this precious metal, even a stoppage of a few days has a worldwide effect on prices.

To put this dramatic rise in perspective:

– On February 21st, platinum reached an all-time high of $2,185 a troy ounce
– During the same month a year ago, platinum averaged $1,207 a troy ounce
– Five years ago, it averaged $684 a troy ounce during February of 2003

With an estimated worldwide shortage of 400,000 troy ounces predicted for 2008, prices may remain a volatile roller coaster.

What effect does escalating platinum prices have on the cost of reducing air pollution?

Manufacturers of air pollution control products are finding it increasingly more expensive to produce catalytic converters and particulate filters mandated by the EPA, the European Union and the California Air Resources Board. “We used to adjust our product prices twice per year according to the rise and fall of platinum prices,” said Technical Sales Engineer, Ralph Wintersberger of CleanAIR Systems, a manufacturer of diesel particulate filters and oxidation converters. “Now we have no choice but to keep a close eye on platinum fluctuations and make daily adjustments to our prices.”

In the end, the ever-increasing cost of cleaning up air pollution is passed on to the consumer:

– As the price of platinum rises, the price tag on cars and trucks will also increase to cover the cost of catalytic converters made with high-priced platinum.

Hospitals, schools, and data centers will feel the brunt of escalating platinum prices when they install diesel particulate filters on their emergency backup generators to decrease toxic air pollution.

Diesel school buses are being retrofitted all over the country with converters to protect children from dangerous pollutants – a direct cause of asthma, bronchitis and other lung impairments. High platinum prices translates into fewer buses being retrofitted for the safety of riders.

Mining equipment and construction vehicles are equipped with air pollution control technology to decrease on-site emissions of particulate pollution. The increased cost of catalyzed filters is passed on to the public in the form of durable goods, new homes and taxes to cover building and transportation projects.

Yes, Andy Rooney – you may not know what platinum is used for, but you will eventually feel the pinch of unprecedented soaring platinum prices in your pocketbook.

About CleanAIR Systems:
CleanAIR Systems is a technology-based corporation manufacturing emissions control systems with worldwide distribution. Our products are designed to control air-pollution such as diesel particulate matter and NOx, for on- and off-road vehicles, as well as stationary machinery and power generation. Visit CleanAIR Systems online at www.cleanairsys.com.

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