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tru -- ARB Publishes Regulatory Guidance for Electric Standby and Hybrid Electric Compliance Options for TRUs (reefers) Posted: 16 Nov 2012 09:09:18
The California Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) has posted Regulatory Guidance for Electric Standby and Hybrid Electric Systems for Transport Refrigeration Units (TRU). This guidance document explains requirements for the use of electric standby and hybrid electric systems (together referred to as E/S) as an option for compliance with Californiaís TRU regulations' in-use performance standards. A TRUís compliance can be maintained beyond seven years if an E/S system is integrated into the equipment and used within the guidelines for an Alternative Technology. Also provided are specifications for businesses interested in providing electronic-tracking systems (ETS) to affected TRU owners. These requirements were added in the 2011 Amendments. Manual recordkeeping is required, beginning November 14, 2012. ETS includes automated monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting, with GPS tracking, and is required beginning January 1, 2013, for 50 percent of a fleetís TRUs that are complying with the TRU Regulationís in-use standards by using E/S systems. The remaining 50 percent of a fleetís E/S-equipped TRUs that are complying with the in-use standards by using E/S must be equipped with ETS by January 1, 2014. TRUs using E/S must be registered in ARBER to qualify as compliant. ARBís Guidance for E/S and ETS may be downloaded at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/tru/documents/guidance_electricstandby_ets.pdf 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.