CALIFORNIA AIR RESOURCES BOARD

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING TO CONSIDER THE CARL MOYER MEMORIAL AIR QUALITY STANDARDS ATTAINMENT PROGRAM; INCENTIVES FOR LOWER EMISSION HEAVY-DUTY ENGINES (THE CARL MOYER PROGRAM GUIDELINES)

 The Air Resources Board (Board or ARB) will conduct a public meeting at the time and place noted below to consider The Carl Moyer Program Guidelines (guidelines). The guidelines have been developed to provide air pollution control and air quality management districts (districts) with guidance for providing incentives to participating entities that undertake reduced-emission heavy-duty engine projects. ARB staff has prepared a written report that explains the program guidelines and evaluation criteria for each project category. This notice contains a brief explanation of the Carl Moyer Program. A summary of the detailed report will be presented to the Board at the meeting.


The item will be considered at a two-day meeting of the Board, which will commence at 9:30 a.m., February 25, 1999, and will continue at 8:30 a.m., February 26, 1999. This item may not be considered until February 26, 1999. Please consult the agenda for the meeting, which will be available at least 10 days before February 25, 1999, to determine the day on which this item will be considered.

DATE:   February 25, 1999
TIME:   9:30 a.m.
PLACE:   Air Resources Board
Hearing Room, Lower Level
2020 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

BACKGROUND

Heavy-duty engines are a significant source of smog-forming pollutants, especially oxides of nitrogen (NOx). In addition, the fine particulate matter exhaust from heavy-duty diesel engines has been identified as a toxic air contaminant (TAC). The ARB=s 1994 State Implementation Plan for Ozone (SIP) contains many emission reduction measures, including a number of measures to reduce emissions from heavy-duty diesel engines. These measures include mandatory emission standards and voluntary incentive measures. Stringent new engine emission standards will result in 80 to 90 percent of the expected NOx reductions called for in the SIP. The additional emission reductions needed to reach 100 percent will have to be achieved through incentive programs, such as the Carl Moyer Program described in this notice.

In 1998, through the budget process, $25 million was allocated to fund an incentive program to reduce emissions from heavy-duty diesel engines. The Carl Moyer Program, implemented in accordance with the guidelines proposed by the ARB staff, will provide grants of the appropriated funds to districts for carrying out projects that reduce emissions.

ARB STAFF=S PROPOSAL

The proposal that will be considered by the Board is an incentive program that is named after the late Dr. Carl Moyer. The proposed program was developed by the ARB staff in cooperation with the districts, and many of the features of the program are based on existing district incentive programs. The Carl Moyer Program will support projects that reduce NOx emissions. The program will also reduce emissions of fine particulate matter from diesel exhaust, which contributes to particulate air pollution and is a TAC. The Carl Moyer Program provides grants for the incremental cost of substantially lower-emission heavy-duty engines used in on-road heavy-duty vehicles, off-road equipment (including forklifts and airport ground support equipment), marine vessels, locomotives, and agricultural pumps.

The ARB staff=s proposal contains specific program requirements that must be followed by districts that choose to administer a local program under the Carl Moyer Program. The four major program requirements are: 1) the district must provide $1 in match funding for every $2 of Carl Moyer Program funding; 2) all projects approved for funding must follow the Carl Moyer Program Guidelines or be approved on a case-by-case basis by the ARB Executive Officer; and 3) all projects funded must meet an established cost-effectiveness criterion.

The proposal also contains specific criteria that must be used by participating districts when selecting reduced-NOx emission projects to be funded under the Carl Moyer Program. Project applicants must meet these criteria to receive grant monies under the Carl Moyer Program. For the most part, reduced-NOx projects for on-road, off-road, marine, locomotive, and agricultural pumps consist of three types: new engine purchases, engine replacement, and retrofits of existing engines. The criteria that projects must meet to qualify for Carl Moyer funds vary from category to category. Some of these criteria are: 1) a project must produce significant reductions in NOx levels; 2) a project must reduce emissions at a cost of $12,000 or less per ton of NOx reduced; and 3) any technology used in a project must be certified below the required NOx standard, provided certification procedures and optional standards are available. The guidelines also provide formulas, along with emission factors for some categories, that must be used to calculate emission reductions and cost-effectiveness.

Reduced-NOx projects for airport ground support equipment and forklifts, based on electrification, may also qualify for funding under the Carl Moyer Program. Since there is already significant penetration of electric powered equipment in these categories, there are several issues that need additional consideration by the ARB staff. The ARB staff will develop specific criteria for these project categories before they are needed by the districts for funding projects. At the Board meeting, the ARB staff will ask the Board to delegate to the Executive Officer authority to approve modifications to the guidelines and incorporate the additional criteria for these two project categories as well as other project categories that may need to be included or updated from time to time.

AVAILABILITY OF DOCUMENTS AND CONTACT PERSON

The ARB staff=s written report will be presented by staff at the meeting. Interested members of the public may also present comments orally or in writing. Written comments must be filed with the Board Secretary, Air Resources Board, P.O. Box 2815, Sacramento, California 95812, no later than 12:00 noon February 24, 1999, and received by the Board Secretary at the meeting. Twenty copies of any written statement should be submitted.

Copies of the written report prepared by staff may be obtained from the Board's Public Information Office, 2020 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 322-2990, at least 30 days prior to the scheduled meeting. Further inquiries regarding this matter should be directed to Renee Kemena, Staff Air Pollution Specialist, at (916) 322-6921, P.O. Box 2815, Sacramento, California, 95814 or via email at rkemena@arb.ca.gov.


SUBMITTAL OF COMMENTS

The public may present comments relating to this matter orally or in writing. To be considered by the Board, written submissions must be addressed to and received by the Clerk of the Board, Air Resources Board, P.O. Box 2815, Sacramento, CA 95812, no later than 12:00 noon, February 24, 1999 or received by the Clerk of the Board at the meeting. The Board requests but does not require that 20 copies of any written statements be filed at least ten days prior to the meeting. The Board encourages members of the public to bring to the attention of staff in advance of the meeting any suggestions or comments.

 

CALIFORNIA AIR RESOURCES BOARD

 

 

 

Michael P. Kenny
Executive Officer

 

Date: January 29, 1999