|Mary Salas Fricke
SACRAMENTO - The Air Resources Board has released several tools
to help the trucking community comply with a variety of clean air regulations adopted by ARB in recent years, including
rules aimed at reducing diesel pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from heavy duty "big rigs".
The tools are geared specifically to fleet owners as well as the truck dealers, lenders, air districts and others affected by the regulations, which call for both modernization of the heavy duty diesel fleet and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
"Trucking is a tough enough business that we need to make clean air performance as simple as possible. All of the regulations, programs and funding assistance options for truckers operating in California can now be found at one central location on the web site or via a centralized phone line," said ARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols. "We hope to create a better understanding of our regulations, so that Californians will have cleaner air to breathe."
The tools to be launched this week are:
The outreach tools are the product of the landmark Truck and Bus Rule, aimed at
cleaning-up pollution from "big rigs" and school buses, and AB 32, a plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions
and fight global warming. The ARB board adopted these clean air regulations with the stipulation that outreach
to the trucking community be readily available, easy to understand and include funding assistance options.
Diesel exhaust contains a variety of harmful gases and over 40 other known cancer-causing compounds. In 1998, California identified diesel particulate matter as a toxic air contaminant based on its potential to cause cancer, premature death, and other health problems. It also reduces visibility and, along with greenhouse gas emissions, can contribute to climate change and global warming.
The Air Resources Board is a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency. ARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.