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tru -- TRU (reefer) owners: Wednesday, October 31st is last chance to order VDECS retrofits if you want to qualify for a compliance extension! Posted: 30 Oct 2012 15:14:15
The California Air Resources Board (ARB) wants model year 2005 transport refrigeration unit (TRU) owners to be aware that this Wednesday, October 31st is the last day to purchase Verified Diesel Emissions Control Strategies (VDECS), such as diesel particulate filters, to ensure they will qualify for a compliance extension if delivery or installation is delayed beyond the December 31st deadline. Model year 2005 TRU engines must comply with the TRU Regulationís in-use performance standards by December 31, 2012. Purchase orders for VDECS that are placed after October 31st will not qualify for compliance extension if delivery or installation is delayed past December 31, 2012. Noncompliant TRUs that don't qualify for an extension will need to cease operations in California until they can be brought into compliance or risk citation with penalty. To qualify for these compliance extensions due to delayed delivery or installation, the TRU must be registered in ARBER and purchase orders must be placed by the purchase order deadlines for VDECS (e.g. diesel particulate filter retrofits): By Wednesday, October 31st. Compliance extension applications, with attached supporting documentation, must be received at ARB by December 31, 2012. Where can I get more information? For general information about the TRU Regulation, the TRU Website is at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/tru/tru.htm The ARBER registration website is at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/arber/arber.htm ARBER Registration Help pages are at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/arber/trureg/trureg.htm TRU Advisories are listed at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/tru/advisories.htm If you have questions about compliance or registration in ARBER, please call the TRU Help Line at 1-888-878-2826 or call 1-916-327-8737. Background: TRUs are refrigeration systems powered by integral diesel internal combustion engines designed to control the environment of temperature-sensitive products that are transported in trucks, trailers, shipping containers, and railcars. The emissions from these units are a source of unhealthful air pollutants including particulate matter, toxic air contaminants, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, and hydrocarbons, that all pose a potential threat to both public health and the environment. These units often congregate in large numbers at California distribution centers, grocery stores, and other facilities where they run for extended periods of time to ensure their perishable contents remain cold or frozen. These distribution and loading facilities are often in close proximity to schools, hospitals, and residential neighborhoods. In 2004, the TRU Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM) was adopted by the Board to reduce diesel particulate matter emissions from TRUs and TRU gen set engines. Amendments were adopted by the Board in November 2010 and October 2011.