Air quality officials seek to limit carbon-emissions
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The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) is proposing a new rule that would limit the amount of hydrocarbon-emissions from equipment fluids used by manufacturers in the region.
The objective is to reduce the hydrocarbon emissions from lubricants, metal-working fluids and rust inhibitors.
It would establish a hydrocarbon-emission limit of 50 grams per liter of material and would help AQMD attain state and federal air-quality standards for the region.
It is anticipated there would be a reduction of about four tons of hydrocarbon a day.
If the rule is adopted by the district, it would be phased in starting in 2010.
One concern that has been expressed about the proposed rule is the economic impact the proposed rule could have on manufacturers. Some business owners suggest it might result in their company having to buy new equipment.
Water supply falling short; rationing may be necessary
Inland water agencies could get only 15 percent of the supplies they requested from the State next year -- one of the lowest anticipated deliveries since 1993 -- possibly spurring mandatory rationing in some areas, State officials said recently.
The state Department of Water Resources is scheduled to announce the estimated allocation of water from Northern California soon. But a state expert recently confirmed it will be 15 percent, and local authorities said that was consistent with what they were told to prepare for.
A low allocation is anticipated, possibly a record low in the Inland area and other parts of Southern California. The Department of Water Resources supplies 29 water agencies.
The announcement follows two dry years and court-ordered reductions in Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta pumping that cut the amount delivered to suppliers by two-thirds.
The 2008 water year, which ended Sept. 30, was deemed critically dry, with statewide runoff from snowpack at 57 percent of normal. The state's major reservoirs are at about one-third of capacity.
Water officials caution that until issues in the Delta are resolved, including new or better ways to move water through a crumbling canal system, the likelihood of getting full allocations again are slim.
Average rainfall in Northern and Southern California this year, combined with a 15 percent allocation from the state, might allow water districts to squeak by without rationing. But cutbacks still will be needed in some places.
No one likes to use the word rationing, but the distinct possibility is there.
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