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onrdiesel -- One Year Particulate Matter Filter Extension for Cranes Posted: 11 Oct 2012 15:06:55
The Air Resources Board (ARB) has issued a regulatory mail out notice that approves a one year extension (for calendar year 2013) from the particulate matter (PM) filter requirements for certain types of cranes that are subject to the Truck and Bus regulation (Section 2025). ARB staff is working with crane operators, crane manufacturers, and other organizations to investigate and understand safety and certification concerns and how best to determine which PM filter retrofits can be installed. The extension will allow additional time to collect necessary data that can be used to determine how safety and feasibility concerns should be addressed for cranes. For more detailed information, including extension applicability, please see the mail out notice at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/mailouts/msc1221/msc1221.pdf For other information about this regulation, other diesel engine regulations, or training programs, please contact an ARB diesel representative at 866-6DIESEL (866-634-3735) or visit the Truck Stop website at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/truckstop Background On December 11, 2008, the Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) approved for adoption the Truck and Bus regulation to control emissions from nearly all existing diesel powered heavy-duty trucks and buses operating in California. The regulation requires diesel trucks and buses that operate in California to be upgraded to reduce emissions. Heavier trucks must be retrofitted with PM filters beginning January 1, 2012, and older trucks must be replaced starting January 1, 2015. By January 1, 2023, nearly all trucks and buses will need to have 2010 model year engines or equivalent. The regulation applies to nearly all privately and federally owned diesel fueled trucks and buses and to privately and publicly owned school buses with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 14,000 pounds. This regulation does not apply to drayage trucks that transport marine containers. Small fleets with three or fewer diesel trucks can delay compliance for their heavier trucks by reporting. Fleet owners can also report and take advantage of other provisions that delay compliance for their heavier trucks. Privately and publicly owned school buses have different requirements.