Calif. cap and trade faces new hurdles

Debra Kahn, E&E reporter
Published: Friday, September 23, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California regulators are running into opposition as they make a bid to extend their economywide greenhouse gas program to 2030 and mesh it with federal regulations.

At a hearing yesterday to consider extending their cap-and-trade market past 2020, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) heard from opponents of the program who argued that it has allowed businesses to buy their way to compliance with the state’s carbon cap without actually reducing “co-pollutants” of particulate matter and other substances in disadvantaged communities where industrial facilities are more likely to be located.

The opposition of the environmental justice movement has added an obstacle to California’s efforts to continue its emissions cuts through 2030, as a new law signed earlier this month, S.B. 32, mandates.

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