Today representatives from the California Air Resources Board announced
that they have reached an agreement with industry on proposed changes
to the state's landmark off-road regulation that will offer affected
businesses additional time and more flexible options for compliance.
adopted in July 2007, the rule affects the state's estimated 150,000
off-road vehicles used in construction, mining, airport ground support
and other industries. It calls for installation of diesel soot filters
and the replacement of older, dirtier engines with newer
emission-controlled models to curb diesel exhaust. Improvements were
originally scheduled to begin in March 2010 for larger fleets, with
medium and small-sized fleets having staggered implementation through
newly proposed amendments, which will be presented for approval at
ARB's December 16-17 hearing, would streamline the compliance process
and offer businesses additional time and flexible options to meet
requirements. They would also provide credits for efforts already made
to reduce emissions, and incentivize continued early actions.
If approved, the changes will:
- Delay start of requirements until January 1, 2014
- Increase the number of "low-use" equipment exempted
- Provide simpler compliance options for the smallest fleets
- Extend benefits for businesses that comply before their deadline
- Lower annual requirements to clean up engines
portions of the regulation that went into effect this year, including
reporting, idling and equipment labeling requirements for all fleets,
remain intact and are being enforced.
agreement comes after more than a year of tremendous legal, public and
political pressure on the Board to implement a more fair and reasonable
plan for industry.
notably perhaps was the efforts of Rod Michaelson, Equipment Manger for
Bay Cities Paving and Keith Wood, Equipment Manager for Shimmick
Construction, both of whom head up EUCA's CARB Advisory Committee and
developed A Simpler Look
along side industry stakeholders back in February of 2010. For more
than six months they have worked aggressively alongside EUCA, AGC and
other industry advocates to present CARB with a simpler and more
equitable way of implementing regulations.
wanted a simple, clean and straight foward plan," stated Michaelson.
"We refused to just lay down and watch CARB run (industry) over. We
wanted regulations that would be fair, easy and simple for industry and
we knew there was a better way. I am glad that Chairwoman Nichols and
industry were able to agree upon a plan that works."
1998 diesel particulate matter, or diesel "soot," was identified as a
toxic air contaminant. In 2000, the ARB established California's Diesel
Risk Reduction Plan, which aims to reduce diesel emissions to 85
percent below 2000 levels by 2020. Other sources of diesel particulate
matter such as port trucks, private fleet trucks, transit buses,
cargo-handling equipment, trash trucks and ship engines have already
been addressed through regulations, along with diesel fuel.
EUCA will continue to keep you updated on all changes related to on-road and off-road diesel regulations.
For more information on the proposed changes visit the ARB website.
For questions please contact Emily Cohen, EUCA Director of Government Relations, at 925-855-7900.