SACRAMENTO METROPOLITAN AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT

RULE 206 - MOBILE & TRANSPORTATION SOURCE EMISSION REDUCTION CREDITS
(Adopted 12-15-92; Amended 12-5-96)

INDEX

100 GENERAL

200 DEFINITIONS

300 STANDARDS

400 ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS

500 MONITORING AND RECORDS


100 GENERAL

101 PURPOSE: To provide an administrative mechanism for the review of emission reduction credits from control of mobile sources and transportation sources for deposit and registration pursuant to Rule 204, EMISSION REDUCTION CREDITS. This rule is also intended to provide encouragement for development and implementation of innovative control methods for mobile and transportation sources. Emissions reduction credits generated pursuant to this rule may be available for use by stationary sources in other districts located within the Sacramento Federal Ozone Nonattainment Area.

102 APPLICABILITY: This rule shall apply to all emissions reductions for use by the stationary source or for transfer to other sources.

103 SEVERABILITY: If a court of competent jurisdiction issues an order that any provision of this rule is invalid, all other provisions of this rule shall remain in full force and effect to the extent allowed by law.

200 DEFINITIONS:

Unless otherwise defined below, the terms used in this rule shall have the meanings as defined in Rule 201, GENERAL PERMIT REQUIREMENTS, Rule 202, NEW SOURCE REVIEW and Rule 204, EMISSION REDUCTION CREDITS.

201 ACTUAL EMISSION REDUCTIONS: Actual emission reductions are real, enforceable, permanent, and quantifiable, are surplus within the meaning of this rule; and shall be calculated pursuant to Section 410, Calculation of Emissions.

202 AFFECTED POLLUTANTS: Reactive organic compounds, nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides, PM10, and carbon monoxide.

203 BASE VEHICLE: Any motor vehicle that is not a California Air Resources Board certified reduced emission vehicle.

204 BURDEN: A computer transportation model used for estimating the emissions from mobile and transportation sources by coupling the emission rates from EMFAC with vehicle activity information.

205 DRIVEABLE: Any vehicle that is street legal, licensed by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (if appropriate), and available for use and testing.

206 CERTIFIED EMISSION KIT: Any alternative fuel or add-on hardware conversion (retrofit) kit which has been certified by the California Air Resources Board to meet either:

207 EMFAC: The most recent computer model approved by the California Air Resources Board for estimating emission rates from mobile and transportation sources.

208 FLEET: Fifteen (15) or more active vehicles operating within the District and that are under common ownership or operation and are dispatched from at least one location within the District.

209 MOBILE SOURCE CONTROL MEASURE: Any strategy to reduce new or existing motor vehicle emissions through additional control, disposal, change of fuel, or energy source.

210 REDUCED-EMISSION VEHICLE: A light-duty or medium-duty vehicle that is certified by the California Air Resources Board to one of the low-emission vehicle standards as specified in Title 13, California Code of Regulations, or a heavy-duty vehicle that is equipped with an engine certified by the California Air Resources Board to one of the optional emission standards as specified in Title 13, California Code of Regulations.

211 SURPLUS

212 TRANSPORTATION CONTROL MEASURE: Any strategy to reduce vehicle trips, vehicle use, vehicle miles traveled, vehicle idling, or traffic congestion for the purpose of reducing motor vehicle emissions.

300 STANDARDS

301 CERTIFICATION OF CREDITS: A stationary source may obtain credits for actual emission reductions from one or more mobile or transportation source control measures provided:

302 ADJUSTMENT OF CREDITS: If audits performed pursuant to Section 402, Compliance Plan, show that emission reductions are not being achieved as quantified pursuant to Section 401, Initial Plan, then emission reduction credits shall be adjusted to reflect actual emission reductions achieved. Written notification of such adjustment shall be provided to the source and user of the emission reduction credits. If such credits have been used by a stationary source, then such stationary source shall provide additional emission reductions as required by Rule 202, NEW SOURCE REVIEW.

400 ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS

401 INITIAL PLAN: A plan detailing the process shall be prepared to qualify the actual emission reductions from implementation of a mobile source or transportation control measure. The Initial Plan shall demonstrate that the emission reductions are real, surplus, quantifiable, enforceable, permanent and shall include data and methods for quantifying the actual emission reductions for all affected pollutants, specify the life of the actual emission reductions, quantify any increases in emissions projected to occur over the life of the actual emission reductions, and identify requirements or encumbrances as defined in Section 211 for the specified life of the actual emission reductions.

402 COMPLIANCE PLAN: A plan detailing the process for confirming the actual emission reductions shall be submitted for approval of the Air Pollution Control Officer. The Compliance Plan shall include but not be limited to all of the following elements:

403 NEW VEHICLES: For purposes of compliance with Sections 401 and 402 for actual emission reductions from the addition of new reduced-emission fleet vehicles to new or existing fleets:

404 REPLACEMENT VEHICLES: For purposes of compliance with Sections 401 and 402 for actual emission reductions from the replacement of existing fleet vehicles with cleaner burning vehicles:

405 CONVERSIONS: For purposes of compliance with Sections 401 and 402 for actual emission reductions from the conversion of existing fleet vehicles to reduced-emission vehicle configurations using certified conversion kits, the applicant shall submit to the District the following:

406 COMMUTE ALTERNATIVES: TELECOMMUTING: For purposes of compliance with Sections 401 and 402 for actual emission reductions from the reduction in commute trips from telecommute options:

407 COMPLETE APPLICATION: The Air Pollution Control Officer shall determine whether the application for certification of credits is complete not later than 30 days after receipt of the application, or after such longer time as both the applicant and the Air Pollution Control Officer have agreed in writing. If the Air Pollution Control Officer determines that the application is not complete, the applicant shall be notified in writing of the decision specifying the information required. Upon receipt of any re-submittal of the application, a new 30-day period to determine completeness shall begin. Completeness of an application or re-submitted application shall be evaluated on the basis of the information requirements set forth in The District's List and Criteria (adopted pursuant to Article 3, 65940 through 65944 of Chapter 4.5 of Division l of Title 7 of the California Government Code) as it exists on the date on which the application or re-submitted application was received. The Air Pollution Control Officer may, during the processing of the application, request an applicant to clarify, amplify, correct, or otherwise supplement the information submitted in the application.

408 FINAL ACTION: The Air Pollution Control Officer shall not make a final determination of the amount of reductions achieved under an Initial Plan until the Initial Plan has been implemented for 60 days. Within 45 days after the required implementation period, the Air Pollution Control Officer shall issue a conditional approval or denial based on the actual emission reductions achieved during the implementation period. Further, the California Air Resources Board and the United States Environmental Protection Agency regional office, and to any party which requests such information, shall be notified of final action.

409 REGISTRATION: Following preparation and implementation of an Initial Plan and Compliance Plan and verification that the proposed emission reductions have been implemented in accordance with the provisions of this rule to the satisfaction of the Air Pollution Control Officer, the Air Pollution Control Officer shall issue the Emission Reduction Credits Certificate according to the procedures and requirements established in Rule 204, EMISSION REDUCTION CREDITS.

410 CALCULATION OF EMISSIONS: Calculation of actual emission reductions from mobile source control measures listed in this rule shall be consistent with Sections 410.1 through 410.3 and with the most current version of the California Air Resources Board Guidelines for the Generation and Use of Mobile Source Emission Reduction Credits and shall use information submitted pursuant to Sections 401, 403.1, 404.1, 405.1 or 406.1. Calculation of actual emissions reductions from transportation control measures shall be consistent with Sections 410.1 through 410.3 of this rule and shall use all information submitted pursuant to Sections 401, 403.1, 404.1, 405.1 or 406.1.

500 MONITORING AND RECORDS

501 MONITORING: The Air Pollution Control Officer may require at any time monitoring or testing to ensure compliance with the provisions of this rule.

502 RECORD KEEPING: Any persons subject to this rule shall maintain records required by the Initial Plan and Compliance Plan or for compliance with Section 501 for three years and make them available for review by the Air Pollution Control Officer upon request.