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tru -- CARB Reefer Rule Compliance Dates for Model Year 2004 Still December 31, 2011 Posted: 07 Sep 2011 08:50:34
ARB Staff Announces There Will Be No Proposed Change to Model Year 2004 Transport Refrigeration Unit (TRU or Reefer) Engine Compliance Date – Still December 31, 2011. As announced at the June 29, 2011, public workshop, ARB staff has evaluated the potential public health risks associated with the current seven year operational life of TRU engines and found it to be unacceptably high to receptors located near distribution centers. Staff has learned that TRU engine activity at distribution centers is greater than understood to be in the 2004 rulemaking. Therefore, extending the operational life of Model Year (MY) 2004 and newer TRU engines beyond seven years would increase the duration of the public’s exposure to diesel PM emissions and delay the reduction of public health risks near the facilities where TRUs congregate in large numbers. Given this, ARB staff is not proposing to extend the operational life of MY 2004 and newer TRU engines. ARB staff will be presenting this proposal to the Board at the Board’s October 2011 public hearing. If the Board, after considering all of the information presented at the hearing, concurs with staff’s proposal, then MY 2004 and newer TRU engines would be required to meet the in-use performance standards, as specified in the current TRU ATCM, by December 31st of the seventh year after the engine model year. Specifically: • MY 2004 engines rated at 25 hp and greater must meet the Ultra-Low-Emission TRU (ULETRU) standard by December 31, 2011; and • MY 2004 engines in the less than 25 horsepower (hp) category must meet either the ULETRU or the Low-Emissions TRU (LETRU) in-use performance standard by December 31, 2011. What Should Owners of Model Year 2004 Engines Do to Comply? Owners of TRUs and TRU gen sets equipped with MY 2004 engines should make compliance decisions now and order compliance technology as soon as possible so that compliance with the in-use performance standard is achieved by December 31, 2011. Orders should be placed early, taking into consideration the delivery and installation lead times, which can be several months under normal circumstances. Owners should also take into consideration potential delays due to the holiday season and high demand due to approaching compliance deadlines. What Should Owners of Model Year 2005 and Newer Engines Do to Comply? Going forward, MY 2005 and newer TRU engines of any horsepower category must meet ULETRU by December 31st of the seventh year after the engine model year, as currently required by the TRU ATCM. Background: TRUs are refrigeration systems powered by diesel internal combustion engines designed to control the environment of temperature-sensitive products that are transported in trucks, trailers, shipping containers, and railcars. These units operate in large numbers at California distribution centers, grocery stores, and other facilities which are often in close proximity to residential neighborhoods. The emissions from these units pose a potential threat to both public health and the environment. In 2004, the TRU Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM) was adopted by the Board to reduce diesel particulate matter (PM) emissions from TRU and TRU generator (gen) set engines. Amendments were adopted by the Board in November 2010. More details about the TRU 2011 Amendments being proposed and the public health risks associated with TRU engine operations is available at the TRU Website: http://www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/tru/tru.htm If you have questions about compliance, please call the TRU Helpline at: 1 888 878 2826 or call 916-323-0561.