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ms-mailings -- Public Workshop to Discuss Proposed Amendments to the Alternative Fuel Conversion Certification Procedures Posted: 14 Dec 2012 12:41:27
PUBLIC WORKSHOP TO DISCUSS PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE ALTERNATIVE FUEL CONVERSION CERTIFICATION PROCEDURES FOR NEW AND IN-USE VEHICLES AND ENGINES. The Air Resources Board invites you to participate in a public workshop to discuss proposed amendments to procedures for converting engines or vehicles that have been certified to operate on diesel or gasoline to operate on alternative fuels. At the workshop, staff will discuss proposed changes related to alternative fuel conversion certifications including: applicability, demonstrating emission compliance, demonstrating on-board diagnostic compliance, and carry-over for new vehicle/engine alternative fuel certifications to subsequent model years. The primary focus will be on liquefied natural gas, compressed natural gas, and propane; however, conversions to other fuels may be discussed also. The workshop will be held at the following time and place: Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (PDT) Location: Air Resources Board Auditorium Ė Annex 4 9528 Telstar Avenue El Monte, California 91731 For more information about the workshop, please go to: http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/mailouts/msc1227/msc1227.pdf For more information about new vehicle/engine alternative fuel conversion certifications, please go to: http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/onroad/cert/ldctp/ldctp.htm For more information about in-use vehicle/engine alternative fuel conversion certifications, please go to: http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/aftermkt/altfuel/altfuel.htm If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Mr. Dean Bloudoff, Air Resources Engineer at (916) 322-8987 or via email at email@example.com. Background: California regulations prohibit the conversion of emission-controlled vehicles or engines to operate on an alternative fuel, such as natural gas or propane, in lieu of the original gasoline or diesel fuel unless the alternative fuel conversion has been evaluated and certified by ARB. Recent changes promulgated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to its procedures for certifying alternative fuel conversions generated numerous inquiries from industry regarding ARBís regulations. In response to comments received, staff is considering changes to the current alternative fuel conversion certification procedures for both new and in-use vehicles and engines.