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newsrel -- Single Registration, Statewide Operation

Posted: 15 Mar 2007 11:19:48
Please consider the following Air Resources Board press release
announcing the extension of opportunity for portable equipment
owners to enroll in a statewide registration program.  You can
as well read the release online at:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/nr031507.htm .
Thank You
Dimitri Stanich


Release 07-13  	   	   	 
March 15, 2007 	  	

Jerry Martin
Dimitri Stanich
(916) 322-2990

ARB Extends Program for Portable Equipment Owners:
Single Registration Allows Statewide Operation

Sacramento- The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has
extended its deadline to register portable equipment of 50 or
more horsepower for statewide use. As part of an outreach
effort, ARB in cooperation with the California Contractors State
License Board has sent out 300,000 notifications to equipment
owners of a deadline extension.

"The opportunity to enroll in this program was missed by too
many businesses so ARB is doubling its efforts to seek out these
engines," said ARB Chairman, Dr. Robert Sawyer. "It streamlines
the process and saves money and time. A single ARB-issued
registration allows an engine to operate in all of California's
35 air districts: one registration, all districts."

The notices are part of a comprehensive effort to reach
equipment owners who missed previous opportunities to enroll in
the registration program that allows operation statewide.
Although registration is voluntary, it eliminates the need to
get a permit from every air quality district in which the
equipment will run. Owners who choose not to take advantage of
this opportunity can still request a permit to operate their
equipment from each local air district. Qualified engines for
this program include air compressors, generators, concrete
pumps, tub grinders, wood chippers, water pumps, drill rigs,
pile drivers, rock drills, abrasive blasters, aggregate
screening and crushing plants, concrete batch plants, and
welding machines.

To ensure all eligible engines are captured under this program,
ARB is intensifying its search and systematically reaching out
to potential owners. The direct mailing of 300,000 postcards
will target licensed contractors, associations with potential
owners of portable engines, private and public fleet managers,
air quality management districts, and equipment dealers.
Although not all recipients of this mailing may own a portable
engine, the main objective is for those postcards to exchange
hands and for the information to be disbursed among interested

Groups included in this outreach endeavor include:

    * Professional Associations
          o Construction Industry Air Quality Coalition
          o Southern California Contractors Association
          o Engineering Contractors Association of Southern
          o California Association of Tree Trimmers and
          o American Concrete Pumping Association
          o Associated General Contractors of California
          o Engine Manufacturers Association
          o California Landscape Contractors Association
          o Golden State Builders Exchanges 
    * Equipment auction operators
    * Equipment manufacturers
    * Equipment dealers
    * California Air Pollution Control Officers Association 

During an ARB emergency hearing in December 2006, many business
owners that would otherwise have enrolled their equipment,
expressed their lack of awareness of the open opportunity.
Acknowledging industry's concerns, ARB members directed staff to
implement a postponement for specific engines and only those
based in California. As a result, the program registration
deadline was extended, but owners are encouraged to act quickly
as some older engine classes will soon no longer be admitted.

California has 35 local air districts responsible for
enforcement of regulations requiring permits or registration for
these engines. Recently, all districts have received a
significant increase in funds for these activities. It is very
likely that all operations in California will be visited by
enforcement officers who will cite owners and operators of
unregistered equipment.

Registration fees are based on engine size and model year, so
ARB is encouraging the public to visit www.arb.ca.gov/engine or
call (916) 323-1103 for more specific information. The Portable
Engine Registration Program is ongoing and deadlines vary
according to engine model year and horsepower. Businesses that
enroll early during the open window, will incur lower fees.

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.


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