CARB Backing Down -- Keep the Pressure On!
CARB issued a press release saying that there will be no enforcement
for non-compliance of off-road equipment. Their language was 'Face
Saving', but they are getting the message. Keep those cards,
letters and phone calls coming in! Also, it is important to
testify at every meeting they hold.
10-13 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 11, 2010
Leo Kay 916-849-9843 cell
www.arb.ca.gov ARB gives relief to off-road construction
equipment owners SACRAMENTO: Air
Resources Board Executive Officer James N. Goldstene issued the
following statement today: “Over
the last several years, the construction industry has felt the sting of
the faltering economy with reduced activity and idled off-road
equipment. This has made it difficult for contractors to pay for
required clean-air upgrades to their fleets. Along with this
reduced construction activity has been a corresponding reduction in
construction emissions. “Because of this,
ahead of a March 1, 2010, compliance deadline, ARB will issue an
enforcement advisory to notify all stakeholders affected by the
off-road equipment regulation that effective immediately, and until
further notice, no enforcement action will be taken for
noncompliance. In addition, on March 11 an Executive Officer
hearing will be held where stakeholders may testify on the question of
whether the off-road regulations should be further modified to account
for the down economy and subsequent emissions reductions. That
information will be included in an already-scheduled update to the full
Board at its April meeting. “ARB will
continue to evaluate the impact of the recession on emissions from all
sources and make adjustments to our regulations as needed.
However, the health of all Californians requires that all industries
continue to use the cleanest, most efficient equipment possible.
Clean air is not a luxury – it is a right. We need to continue to
work toward goals that save us all money in healthcare costs, lost work
and school days, and contribute to our quality of
life.” The Air Resources Board is a
department of the California Environmental Protection Agency.
ARB’s mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and
ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants
while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. The ARB
oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and
maintain health based air quality standards.