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tru -- TRU (reefer) owners: Only 3 Weeks to VDECS Retrofit Purchase Order Deadline! Posted: 08 Oct 2013 15:19:23
The California Air Resources Board (ARB) reminds model year (MY) 2006 transport refrigeration unit (TRU) owners: If you want to qualify for compliance extensions, only three weeks remain before the purchase order deadline for ordering Level 3 verified diesel emissions control strategies (VDECS), such as diesel particulate filters (DPF), for retrofitting your engines. MY 2006 TRU and TRU generator set engines must comply with the TRU Regulation’s in-use performance standards by December 31, 2013. The TRU Regulation does not allow compliance extensions if orders for VDECS, such as Level 3 DPFs, are placed after October 31, 2013 and installation is not completed by December 31st, 2013. However, if MY 2006 TRU owners order Level 3 DPFs before the end of October, installation by the end of 2013 is very likely possible. More importantly, if you order a Level 3 DPF before October 31st and delivery or installation is delayed so that you can’t comply by the end of 2013, you may qualify for a compliance extension. To qualify for compliance extension: • Purchase orders for Level 3 DPFs must be placed before October 31st, • The TRU must be registered in ARB’s Equipment Registration (ARBER) system, and •An application for extension must be submitted to ARB with the required documentation before December 31, 2013. Again, MY 2006 TRU owners that place orders for Level 3 VDECS after October 31st will NOT qualify for this compliance extension if they discover they cannot comply by December 31st due to delays in delivery or installation. TRU replacement engines may still be available for delivery and installation by December 31, 2013, if you order soon. However, the purchase order deadline for ordering replacement engines and units has already passed – it was August 31, 2013. Therefore, if you order replacement engines or units after August 31, 2013, and installation is delayed until after December 31, 2013, you will not qualify for a compliance extension. For general information about the TRU Regulation and VDECS information, the TRU Website is at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/tru/tru.htm Scroll down toward the end of the webpage for Level 3 VDECS information. 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 TRU Compliance extension applications are at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/arber/trureg/truextensions.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.