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maritime -- Agenda and Draft Regulatory Proposal for OGV Main Engine Workshop Posted: 07 Jun 2007 08:26:24
Greetings, This is to notify you that materials are now available for the upcoming June 13th public workshop to discuss the development of a regulation to reduce emissions from ocean-going vessel (OGV) main engines by requiring the use of low-sulfur marine distillate fuels. The agenda and draft regulatory proposal can be found at the following link: http://www.arb.ca.gov/marine As a reminder, the workshop will be held at the following time and location (a live audio webcast will also be available at http://www.calepa.ca.gov/broadcast on the date of the workshop for those who cannot attend in person): Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2007 Time: 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Pacific) Location: CalEPA Headquarters Building Coastal Hearing Room 1001 I Street Sacramento, California 95814 In developing the draft regulatory proposal, we had two main goals: 1) implement the use of distillate fuels (marine gas oil or marine diesel oil) in the main engines as soon as possible resulting in significant emission reductions for California; and 2) align the regulation for main engines with the auxiliary engine regulation to minimize the need to carry multiple fuels and simplify implementation. Consistent with these goals, the proposal retains: - The requirement to use low sulfur marine gas oil (MGO) or marine diesel oil (MDO) and the concept of a two-step implementation process – a higher sulfur limit in the near-term and ultimately the requirement to meet a 0.1% sulfur limit at a future date. - The 24 nautical mile boundary for implementation consistent with the auxiliary engine regulation. However, it does include a provision that requires the ARB to investigate, at a later date, the benefits of establishing implementation boundaries further off-shore. - The provisions for alternative control of emission plans, a safety exemption, and the non-compliance fee provision. The primary difference between the auxiliary engine regulation and this proposal for main engines is with respect to the initial sulfur limit for the fuel and the dates for implementation. Based on recent inspection data, we have concerns that 0.1% sulfur distillate fuels will not be available globally in the 2010 timeframe. As such, the draft regulation proposes to have an initial compliance date in 2009 with a proposed sulfur limit in the 0.2-0.5% range; however, the actual level will be determined during the public development process. The proposal also includes a future limit of 0.1% sulfur in either 2013 or 2014 with a fuel availability review in the 2012 timeframe. We acknowledge that this is different than the auxiliary engine regulation which requires MGO up to 1.5% sulfur; or MDO with a fuel sulfur level no greater than 0.5% in 2007, and 0.1% MGO in 2010. It is our intention, based on the outcome of this regulatory development process for the OGV main engines, to amend the auxiliary engine rule to ensure the fuel sulfur standards and dates of implementation are aligned between the two regulations. If you have any questions about these materials, please contact any of the following: Bonnie Soriano (916) 327-6888 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org Paul Milkey (916) 327-2957 or via email at email@example.com Peggy Taricco (916) 323-4882 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org The presentations for the workshop and any additional materials will be available either the day of the workshop or 1-2 days prior. Thank you, Bonnie Soriano