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tru -- ARB retains seven year compliance deadlines for reefer engines Posted: 03 Nov 2011 07:18:51
On October 21, 2011, the California Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) held a public hearing and approved amendments to the Transport Refrigeration Unit (TRU or reefer) regulation that are designed to provide flexibility, improve enforceability, improve compliance rates, and clarify existing requirements. The Board sustained the seven year operational life for model year (MY) 2004 and newer reefer engines because there is concern that the cancer risk near distribution centers where reefers congregate is too high. As a result, owners of MY 2004 reefer engines must order compliance equipment soon in order to comply by the end of 2011. One amendment that was adopted allows compliance dates to be extended for a limited time if compliance equipment has been ordered, but there is a delay in delivery or installation that prevents compliance by the deadline. TRU owners must make their compliance commitments early enough to take into account delivery, installation, holiday, and year-end lead times. Specifically, for MY 2004 engines, owners must make a good-faith effort to comply by the end of 2011. Purchase orders for compliance equipment need to be placed as soon as possible. If MY 2004 compliance cannot be achieved by December 31, 2011, due to delays in delivery or installation, reefer owners may apply for an extension. To qualify for this extension, the reefer must be registered in ARBER and an extension application with supporting documentation must be received at ARB by December 31, 2011. In the next few weeks, ARB staff will provide additional guidance on how to apply for an extension, including the documentation (for example, a purchase order that shows the date the order was placed and an updated delivery/installation schedule) that must be submitted with the application. Please note that extensions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. A similar amendment allows compliance dates to be extended up to a year if there is no suitable compliance option for a particular reefer model, also on a case by case basis. Other amendments were also adopted. ARB will issue a regulatory advisory that provides more details about the amendments in the coming months. The amended regulatory language is available in Appendix A of the Staff Report: Initial Statement of Reasons at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/regact/2011/tru2011/tru2011.htm More details about the TRU ATCM are 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.