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harborcraft -- Enforcement Advisory Regarding U.S. EPA Authorization to Enforce the Commercial Harbor Craft Regulation

Posted: 19 Apr 2012 14:16:49
ARB has received United States Environmental Protection Agency
(U.S. EPA) authorization to enforce the Commercial Harbor Craft
Regulation, including new and in-use engine emission limits.   

Advisory Number 436: Enforcement of the Commercial Harbor Craft
Regulation

http://www.arb.ca.gov/ports/marinevess/harborcraft/advisories.htm

In 2007, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) adopted the
Commercial Harbor Craft Regulation (CHC regulation), which has
reporting, recordkeeping, and monitoring requirements, in
addition to requirements for both new and in-use engines.  ARB
was required to request authorization from the U.S. EPA to
enforce the new, in-use, and best available control technology
requirements.  On December 15, 2011, the U.S. EPA authorized ARB
to enforce these provisions of the CHC regulation.  ARB will
begin enforcing these provisions on August 1, 2012.  Advisory
Number 436 can be accessed at:

 http://www.arb.ca.gov/enf/advs/advs436.pdf.  

The CHC regulation was adopted in November 2007 and became
effective in January 2009.  Commercial harbor craft includes crew
and supply vessels, commercial fishing vessels, ferries,
excursion vessels, pilot boats, tugboats, towboats, barges,
dredges, and workboats.  The CHC regulation has reporting,
recordkeeping, and monitoring requirements.  In addition, CHC
regulation requires existing Tier 1 and earlier auxiliary and
propulsion engines on in-use ferries, excursion vessels,
tugboats, and towboats to meet U.S. EPA Tier 2 or Tier 3 marine
engine standards in effect at the time compliance is required. 
This regulation is part of ARBís ongoing effort to reduce diesel
particulate matter in communities located near ports.  Additional
information on the regulation is available at the following link:

 http://www.arb.ca.gov/ports/marinevess/harborcraft.htm
						
If you have any questions regarding compliance with the
commercial harbor craft regulation, please contact Todd Sterling
at 916-445-1034 or via e-mail at tsterlin@arb.ca.gov.



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