SACRAMENTO (AP) - California air regulators have broadened their
reach into Silicon Valley, implementing rules intended to cut
greenhouse gas emissions from semiconductor plants.
The California Air Resources Board voted Thursday to regulate
some of the most potent gases produced by the semiconductor
industry, which makes chips for cell phones, computers and cars.
By Jan. 1, 2012, more than a dozen of California's chip
manufacturers must reduce their use of fluorinated gases.
Scientists say such emissions trap heat in the Earth's atmosphere
at a rate 23,000 times higher than carbon dioxide.
Industry officials testified that the regulations will cost
businesses some $37 million at a time when the chip industry is
grappling with falling global sales.
They also argued that fluorinated gases already are being
addressed under voluntary global agreements, although those targets
are much weaker than the new California limits.
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