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tru -- August 16 and 18 Public Workshops to discuss the development of a measure to Reduce Residual Risk from TRUs Posted: 21 Jul 2017 10:41:08
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) invites you to participate in two public workshops to discuss the development of a measure to Reduce Residual Risk from Transport Refrigeration Units (TRU) by Transitioning to Zero Emission Technologies. The emissions from TRUs and TRU generator sets contribute to unacceptable health risks and must be further reduced to protect nearby communities. This is the second in a series of workshops CARB staff will hold on the development of a measure to limit the amount of time that internal combustion engine-driven TRUs and TRU generator sets operate while they are stationary, as well as require an overall zero-emission mode operating time. At the workshops, Staff will discuss preliminary concepts developed since the first workshop held in April 2016. This includes staffís conceptual ideas on a phased implementation schedule for stationary operating time limits and zero emission mode operating percentages, as well as equipment and facility registration requirements, current incentive funding programs, and enforcement options. Staff will also present their findings from surveys conducted since the last workshop. The workshops will be held at the locations and dates below, and will follow the same format and present the same material. SACRAMENTO: Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 9:30am-11:30am RIVERSIDE: Friday, August 18, 2017, 1:00pm-3:00pm For those unable to attend in person, the August 16 workshop in Sacramento will be webcast. The webcast can be accessed on the day of the workshop here: https://video.calepa.ca.gov/ Further information and the public notice for this workshop are posted on CARBís website at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/cold-storage/cold-storage.htm. Staff welcomes comments on the proposed concepts and looks forward to your participation. In addition to these workshops, CARB will also be hosting community meetings in August/September to talk with residents living near seaports, railyards, and warehouses/distribution centers about actions to reduce the health impacts from these operations. For these future meetings, we plan to have breakout sessions where participants can gather in smaller groups to discuss their views and raise questions with CARB staff. To receive notices of upcoming meetings, please sign up for the list serve at: https://www.arb.ca.gov/listserv/listserv_ind.php?listname=tru. Background TRUs are refrigeration systems designed to control the environment of temperature sensitive products transported in trucks, trailers, shipping containers, and railcars. TRU generator sets are internal combustion engine-powered generators designed to provide electric power to electrically driven refrigeration units of any kind. TRUs and TRU generator sets emit diesel particulate matter, oxides of nitrogen, greenhouse gases, and other pollutants while in transit and during stationary operation. This includes use on the road as well as stationary operation at refrigerated distribution centers, grocery stores, warehouses, ports, rail yards, and other locations that are often in close proximity to schools, hospitals, elder care facilities, and residential neighborhoods. The emissions from TRUs and TRU generator sets pose a potential threat to both public health and the environment. CARB adopted the TRU Airborne Toxic Control Measure in 2004 (and amended in 2010 and 2011) to reduce diesel particulate matter emissions from TRU and TRU generator set engines. Despite the progress made, TRU and TRU generator set emissions still contribute to unacceptable health risks and must be further reduced to protect nearby communities. The concepts that will be discussed at this workshop go beyond the current TRU Airborne Toxic Control Measure (title 13, California Code of Regulations, section 2477) to limit the amount of time that internal combustion engine-driven TRUs and TRU generator sets operate while they are stationary, as well as require an overall zero-emission mode operating time. CARBís 2017 Revised State Implementation Plan includes a provision for a TRU control measure to help achieve 2031 emission reduction goals for Particulate Matter less than 2.5 microns (PM2.5), Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx), and Reactive Organic Gasses (ROG).