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cargo -- ARB Publishes Q&A for Transport Refrigeration Unit Generator Sets Used to Power Refrigerated Shipping Containers Posted: 01 Aug 2013 09:08:06
The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has published a Q&A for Transport Refrigeration Unit (TRU) Generator Sets (genset) to answer frequently asked questions about compliance with the TRU Regulation’s requirements for brokers, shippers, receivers, carriers, and drivers at California port terminals and depots. Please forward this email to TRU genset owners (e.g. ocean carriers, lessors, etc.) and operators (e.g. port terminal operators; port depot operators, lessees, etc.); equipment managers; and/or people responsible for compliance with diesel engine emissions regulations, equipment registration, and/or reporting. TRU gensets are generator sets that are designed and used to provide electric power to electrically driven refrigeration units of any kind, such as refrigerated shipping containers. This Q&A answers questions ARB received from port operations stakeholders, such as: “Who gets a citation if a noncompliant TRU genset is dispatched at a port terminal or depot?” The short answer is: “The owner.” More detailed answers are provided in this Q&A for typical cases of genset ownership. This Q&A also discusses who is responsible for terminal Operator Reports for gensets used at ports. Operator Reports are required under the TRU Regulation. Port terminals and off-site depots are responsible for Operator Reports, but ARB may allow them to forego these reports if the port terminal or depot implements procedures to make sure all of the ocean carriers that own TRU gensets that are garaged, maintained, re-fueled, checked-out, and dispatched from the terminal or depot are submitting Operator Reports. A terminal is any place where a TRU or TRU gen set equipped truck, trailer, shipping container, railcar or TRU gen set is garaged, maintained, operated, or dispatched from, including a port terminal, port depot, dispatch office, or cross-dock facility. ARB’s Q&A for TRU Gensets is available at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/tru/documents/q&a_tru_gensets.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 ARBER Operator Report Help page is at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/arber/trureg/operator.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.