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tru -- ARB Publishes Updated Guidance for TRUs Using Electric Standby or Hybrid Electric as Compliance Strategy Posted: 12 Jul 2013 10:43:18
The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has updated its Regulatory Guidance for Electric Standby and Hybrid Electric Systems for Alternative Technology transport refrigeration unit (TRU) compliance strategies. If your compliance strategy for meeting the ARBís TRU Regulation in-use performance standard requirement is electric standby or hybrid electric, you should download and review the updated Guidance (see link below). This guidance includes an explanation of the requirements that must be met before electric standby or hybrid electric can qualify as a TRU compliance technology. For example, to qualify, the unit must be registered in ARBís Equipment Registration (ARBER) system, and the unit must be plugged into an electric power plug at all nonretail pick-up and delivery points in California when the van is loaded with perishable goods and during initial cool-down. Manual recordkeeping is now required to demonstrate the diesel engine operation has been eliminated at nonretail delivery and pick-up locations (such as food manufacturers, packing houses, wholesale and grocery distribution centers) and TRU engine operation is limited to no more than 30 minutes at retail delivery locations (such as restaurants, cafeterias, convenience stores, and grocery stores). GPS tracking and automated recordkeeping is required on a phased-in schedule. This fall, the TRU owner must also update ARBER to provide the electronic tracking system supplier information. The deadline for installing an electronic tracking system with automated recordkeeping and updating ARBER is December 31, 2013. Owners may call the TRU Help Line (1-888-878-2826 or 1-916-327-8737) for assistance with this ARBER update. Letters are now being sent to TRU owners that have indicated they are using electric standby as a compliance option, notifying them of these requirements. The updated guidance is available at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/tru/documents/guidance_electricstandby_ets.pdf This Guidance is now also available in Spanish at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/tru/documents/guidance_electricstandby_ets_span.pdf TRU owners that are using electric standby or hybrid electric as a compliance option should carefully review this regulatory guidance to ensure they actually qualify for compliance. In the coming months, ARB will be auditing TRU owners that are claiming to comply by using electric standby or hybrid electric. This will include audits to ensure the electric power plugs are being used at nonretail delivery and pick-up locations and the recordkeeping and reporting requirements are being met. ARBís updated regulatory guidance also provides specifications for businesses interested in providing electronic tracking systems with automated recordkeeping and reporting. A list of electronic tracking system suppliers is available at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/tru/documents/ets_supplier_list.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.