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December 31, 1998

Dear Sir or Madam:

Workshop - Proposed Regulations for Portable Fuel Containers

        The California Air Resources Board staff will conduct a workshop on January 26, 1999, to discuss the proposed regulatory language for the Portable Fuel Container control measure (Off-Road Refueling Spillage Control Regulation). The proposed control measure would reduce hydrocarbon emissions from portable fuel containers used for refueling off-road engines by replacing the current style of portable containers with a spill-proof container system. These spill-proof container systems would eliminate over-filling spillage and would substantially mitigate container transport and storage losses, container diurnal losses, and container permeation losses. This control measure is tentatively scheduled for consideration by the Air Resources Board at a public hearing in 1999. Notification of that public hearing will be sent separately 45 days prior to the hearing date.

        It is the practice of the ARB staff to present major emission inventory changes to the Board for its approval. As such, staff plans to take the refueling inventory to the Board in the spring of 1999.

        As part of the public review process we have scheduled this workshop to solicit your comments and suggestions on the enclosed Proposed Regulations for Portable Fuel Containers. The workshop is scheduled as follows:

DATE:

January 26, 1999

TIME:

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  PLACE:

Monitoring and Laboratory Division
  Northgate Laboratory
  600 North Market Boulevard (at Northgate Blvd.)
  Sacramento, California 95834

      Staff is currently formulating possible alternatives to the variance section for small volume manufacturers that may include exemptions or delayed implementation dates. Staff is considering suggestions to define small volume manufacturers.

        The staff encourages industry and other interested parties to contact staff with any comments or questions. Written comments should be submitted to Dean Bloudoff at the address listed on the letterhead. Comments can be submitted to Mr. Bloudoff by email at dbloudof@arb.ca.gov. We would appreciate receiving written comments by no later than February 10, 1999.

        This facility is accessible to persons with disabilities. If accommodation is needed, please contact Elizabeth Mongar at (916) 263-1630 by January 15, 1999.

        Persons with hearing or speech impairments can contact us by using our Telephone Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (916) 324-9531, or (800) 700-8326 for TDD calls from outside the Sacramento area.

        We appreciate your participation in our process. To ensure adequate seating please call Elizabeth Mongar at (916) 263-1630 by no later than January 20, 1999, if you are planning to attend. If you have questions or need clarifications, please call Dean Bloudoff at (916) 263-2070.

                                                              Sincerely,


                                                              George Lew, Chief
                                                              Engineering and Laboratory Branch
                                                              Monitoring and Laboratory Division
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Proposed Off-Road Refueling Emissions Inventory  

California Environmental Protection Agency  


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