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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:

More details about the TRU ATCM are available at the TRU

If you have questions about compliance, please call the TRU
Helpline at:  1-888-878-2826 or call 916-323-0561.

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