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This letter is to inform you of a workshop to be held as a part of the Air Resources Board's (ARB) compliance with Governor Wilson's Executive Order W-144-97, Item 2, "Sunset Review of Regulations" (enclosed).

The purpose of the workshop is to solicit comments on the need to modify or rescind the ARB's specifications for motor vehicle fuels, as identified below. At the workshop, the staff will not be making a proposal to modify or rescind these regulations. For your information, an agenda of the workshop is enclosed.

The workshop will be held at:

November 10, 1998
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Board Hearing Room - Lower Level
2020 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Under consideration at the workshop are the following regulations contained in Title 13 of the California Code of Regulations:

Sections 2290 - 2293

Specifications for Alternative Motor Vehicle Fuels

- M-100 Fuel Methanol
- M-85 Fuel Methanol
- E-100 Fuel Ethanol
- E-85 Fuel Ethanol
- Compressed Natural Gas
- Liquified Petroleum Gas
- Hydrogen

Sections 2300 - 2317 Clean Fuels Regulations (Includes requirements for clean fuel outlets.)
Section 2282 Aromatic Hydrocarbon Content of Diesel Fuel

Also under consideration at the workshop are the diesel and alternative fuel certification standards contained in the following test procedures:

  • California Exhaust Emission Standards and Test Procedures for 1988 and Subsequent Model Passenger Cars, Light-Duty Trucks and Medium Duty Vehicles,

  • California Exhaust Emission Standards and Test Procedures for 1985 and Subsequent Model Heavy-Duty Diesel Engine and Vehicle, and

  • California Exhaust Emission Standards and Test Procedures for 1987 and Subsequent Model Heavy-Duty Otto-Cycle Engines and Vehicles.

The meeting facility is accessible to persons with disabilities. If accommodation is needed, please contact Ms. Jacqueline Wilson by November 8, 1998, at (916) 327-1493 or TDD (916) 342-9531, or (800) 700-8326 for TDD calls outside the Sacramento area. To request this document in an alternative format (e.g., large print, Braille, computer disk, audio tape) please contact the Air Resources Board ADA Coordinator at (916) 322-4505 or the TDD numbers listed above.

Questions related to the regulations for diesel fuel and liquified petroleum gas, or requests for copies of these regulations, may be directed to Mr. Richard Vincent, Staff Air Pollution Specialist, at (916) 327-5977 (rvincent@arb.ca.gov). Questions related to any of the other regulations identified in this notice, or requests for copies of these regulations, may be directed Mr. Gary M. Yee, Manager, Industrial Section, at (916) 327-5986 (gyee@arb.ca.gov).


                Dean C. Simeroth, Chief
                Criteria Pollutants Branch


cc: Gary M. Yee, Manager
Industrial Section

Richard Vincent
Fuels Section



November 10, 1998
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Opening and Introductions

Open Discussions:

    1. Commercial and Certification Specifications for Alternative Fuels
    - M-100
    - M-85
    - E-100
    - E-85
    - Hydrogen
    - Compressed Natural Gas
    - Liquified Natural Gas
2. Clean Fuels Regulations

3. Commercial and Certification Specifications for Diesel Fuel Closing

Executive Order W-144-97

2. Sunset Review of Regulations

Beginning with the 1997 Annual Rulemaking Calendar, all state agencies shall establish a schedule to complete a sunset review of all existing regulations by 1999. This review shall include the following provisions:

a.   A review of the authority and continued necessity for and cost effectiveness of each regulation, along with a determination to retain, modify, or repeal the regulation, including development of recommended legislation if required to implement the determination;
b.   An updated estimate of the fiscal and economic impacts of the regulation on all levels of government, consumers, and the regulated community;
c.   Changes to the regulation to minimize overlap and conflicts with comparable federal and local regulations unless the differences in state requirements can be shown to provide additional benefits that exceed the additional costs;
d.   Changes to the regulation to consider alternative approaches that are less intrusive or more cost effective.
In completing the 1997 - 1999 regulatory sunset review, each agency shall identify sufficient efficiencies and cost reductions to meet a goal of reducing the total compliance cost--including fees-paid by business, local government, and the public by 5 percent per year. In calculating the projected compliance and reductions, agencies may include cost efficiencies achieved as a result of actions taken in accordance with Executive Order W-131-96.

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