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tru -- Attention transport refrigeration unit owners! The August 31st purchase order deadline is next week!

Posted: 22 Aug 2017 12:03:06
Order compliance technology now for your 2010 transport
refrigeration units (TRU) to meet the purchase order deadlines. 

August 31st is the purchase order deadline for new replacement
TRUs and TRU generator sets.  Order now to avoid penalties due to
manufacturer or installer delays.  Model year 2010 engines/units
must meet the TRU Regulation’s in-use performance standards by
December 31, 2017.  It is probably too late to order refrigerated
trailers due to long backlogs at refrigerated trailer

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) recommends that TRU and
TRU generator set owners take action now to order compliance
options to ensure TRU model year 2010 engines (or units
manufactured in 2010) comply with in-use performance standards by
the end of 2017.  Model year 2003 TRU engines that met the
Low-Emission TRU (LETRU) In-Use Performance Standard in 2010 also
need to meet the Ultra-Low-Emission In-Use Standard or be
replaced by the end of 2017.  Please be aware that replacement
engines are no longer a compliance option because replacement
engines must be cleaner than the old engine being replaced and
there is no replacement engine that fits and functions that is
cleaner than an MY 2010 engine (see TRU Advisory 13-18, page 7
for more detailed explanation at: 

The TRU Regulation allows compliance extensions if delivery or
installation is delayed; but, to qualify for these extensions,
the unit must be registered in ARB’s Equipment Registration
(ARBER) system and purchase orders must be placed early enough to
take into account large order backlogs, delivery, installation,
holiday, and typical year-end compacted schedules.  The TRU
Regulation has the following purchase order deadlines:

•	For unit replacements:  By the end of August -- four months
ahead of the compliance deadline; and

•	For verified diesel particulate filter retrofits:  By the end
of October -- two months ahead of the compliance deadline.

Owners must exercise due diligence in attempting to comply by the
end of 2017.  Due diligence means conducting the compliance
process with a measure of prudence, responsibility, and diligence
that is expected from, and ordinarily exercised by a reasonable
and prudent person under the circumstances.  For example, start
the research, budgeting, and financing well in advance of the
compliance deadline, and purchase the compliance technology
before the purchase order deadline.  The compliance extension
application (with attached supporting documentation that
demonstrates due diligence was used) must be received at ARB by
December 31, 2017.

All model year 2009 and older engines (or units manufactured in
2009 or earlier) should be in compliance now.  Please note that
trailer manufacture year and in-service dates are not used to
determine compliance dates.  Noncompliant model year 2009 and
older TRU/TRU genset engines/units must not be operated in
California unless they are brought into compliance immediately.

Where can you get more information?

For general information about the TRU Regulation, the TRU Website
is at:  http://www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/tru/tru.htm

The ARBER registration website is at: 

ARBER Registration Help pages are at: 

TRU Compliance extension applications are at:

TRU Advisories are listed at: 

If you have questions about in-use performance standard
compliance, registration in ARBER, or in-use compliance
extensions, 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, semi-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, hydrocarbons,
and greenhouse gases, 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, eldercare facilities,
childcare facilities, 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.

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