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newsrel -- ARB Adopts Measures to Cut Gas Emissions from Boats

Posted: 25 Sep 2008 09:58:01
Measure saves consumers money. 

Release 08-82
September 25, 2008
Karen Caesar

ARB Adopts Measures to Cut Gas Emissions from Boats
Measures are cost-effective, health-protective

Diamond Bar - New regulations adopted today by the Air Resources
Board will reduce toxic gasoline emissions from outboard marine
tanks and components by up to 4.2 tons per day by 2020, saving
consumers about 4.6 gallons of gasoline per year in lost fuel.

"These regulations are another effective weapon in our arsenal
to fight poor air quality," said Barbara Riordan, acting ARB
Chairman. "They are cost-saving measures that use existing
technology to help protect boaters and clean our air."

Gasoline vapors contain smog-forming pollutants along with
toxics such as benzene, which have long been associated with
cancer and other negative health effects.

Scheduled for implementation starting Jan. 1, 2010, the
regulations impose standards on tanks, fuel hoses, primer bulbs
and caps and incorporate tools already used by ARB to limit
gasoline emissions from portable fuel containers and small
off-road engines and equipment. ARB staff worked with
representatives of tank and fuel hose manufacturers to develop
the new performance standards, and has held public workshops to
discuss and develop the rule.

The regulations will costs consumers about $10 more when they
purchase a new tank and components, but the new products will
save consumers more than $16 per tank per year, assuming
gasoline costs $3.50 per gallon. The end result is an estimated
overall reduction of about 90 million pounds of gasoline
emissions from the state's estimated 200,000 outboard marine
tanks over the next 18 years (the time it will take to replace
existing tanks and components), and savings to the consumer as

The ARB is also developing an enforcement program to ensure
compliance with the new regulations.

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.


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