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arbcombo -- ARB Materials on 2010 Commitments for High Priority Railyards

Posted: 07 Jan 2011 15:21:59
The Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) staff has posted new
documents related to the proposed 2010 Commitments to reduce the
health risk in communities near four high priority railyards in
the South Coast Air Basin. The Air Resources Board (ARB or Board)
staff has posted new documents related to the proposed 2010
Commitments to reduce the health risk in communities near four
high priority railyards in the South Coast Air Basin.  ARBís
Railyard Commitments website at:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/railyard/commitments/commitments.htm
provides an update on this initiative, including the most recent
Board Resolution and revised drafts of the 2010 Commitments for
each railyard.  We will release an additional environmental
analysis document in the first quarter of 2011 for public
comment.
 
Background

ARB is committed to reduce the health risk from diesel
particulate matter (PM) in communities near freight facilities
(like railyards) and statewide.  The Boardís regulations for
drayage trucks, cargo handling equipment, and locomotive fuel;
together with 1998 and 2005 enforceable agreements with
railroads; are significantly reducing diesel PM emissions and
health risk from railyard operations in the South Coast Air Basin
and throughout California.  

The 2010 Commitments are the latest initiative to address the
railyards with the highest health risks.  The Commitments would
establish enforceable requirements for the railroads and ARB,
tracking mechanisms, and deadlines for the applicable railroad to
further reduce diesel PM emissions at each railyard starting in
2011, with an 85% reduction by 2020.  These reductions would need
to be achieved regardless of cargo growth or increased activity
at the yards.  

At its June 24, 2010 meeting, the Board heard staffís
recommendations for the proposed 2010 Commitments and extensive
public testimony on that proposal.  The Board adopted Resolution
10-29 delegating to the Executive Officer the decision on final
approval of the 2010 Commitments, subject to his performing
appropriate environmental analysis as required under the
California Environmental Quality Act and attempting to strengthen
the proposed 2010 Commitments with additional provisions to: 
increase accountability, ensure that progress is maintained at
the four railyards, make certain that the oldest locomotives are
not relocated to other yards in California, and push the
deployment of advanced technologies.  

Questions

If you have questions on the 2010 Commitments, please contact Mr.
Harold Holmes, Manager, Engineering Evaluation Section at (916)
324-8029 or email at: hholmes@arb.ca.gov

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