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ordiesel -- In-use off-road diesel vehicle regulation discussion paper and revised regulatory language Posted: 25 Jul 2007 17:51:33
ARB staff is releasing a discussion paper and revised regulatory language in advance of tomorrows Board meeting. ARB staff has prepared a discussion paper for the Board meeting tomorrow summarizing some key outstanding issues related to the proposed in-use off-road diesel vehicle regulation. It is posted on our website at http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/ordiesel/documents/Board_issues_handout.pdf. ARB staff is also proposing several modifications to the proposed In-Use Off-Road Diesel Vehicles regulation, which was initially published on April 5, 2007 and which was modified on May 23, 2007. The suggested modifications will be presented to the Air Resources Board for consideration on Thursday, July 26, 2007 and are posted on our website at http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/ordiesel/documents/070725_RevisedProposedRegLanguage.pdf. The new changes added since May 23, 2007 include the following: Updated definition of alternative diesel fuel Updated definition of diesel fuel Change in small fleet definition to include fleets up to 2,500 hp Special provision for non-profit training centers to be considered small fleets and for the Job Corps training program to be exempt from all but labeling and reporting requirements Change to never require more than 20%/yr retrofit during compliance after the final target dates A new appeals process for fleets that think retrofit is not safe in case the Executive Officer denies that claim New requirement for fleets to report low-use vehicles indefinitely Extending reporting requirements to 2026 for small fleets, 2021 for large/medium fleets Removal of the three month grace period for out-of-state or new fleets that come to California Allowing fleets that participate in demonstration projects to accumulate carryover retrofit credit, even if the device they demonstrate is not eventually verified Allowing use of diesel replacement hp for electric vehicles that are not direct replacements for diesel Requiring ARB to issue a Certificate of Reported Compliance with the In-Use Off-road Diesel Vehicle Regulation upon receipt of the required reporting data and upon confirming that the information reported shows that the reporting fleet is in compliance with the requirements of the regulation Removal of the PM requirement as one of the conditions a large or medium fleet must meet when adding a new vehicle to the fleet after not meeting the fleet average requirement on the previous compliance date.