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tru -- TRU (Reefer) In-Use Compliance Technology Availability Update Posted: 05 Oct 2012 06:33:09
The California Air Resources Board has received clarification regarding compliance options for model year 2005 transport refrigeration units (TRU) that need to meet the in-use performance standards by December 31, 2012. Replacement engine availability may have improved so that repowering model year 2005 TRUs with new, cleaner engines may be possible by December 31, 2012, if you order now. Call your TRU engine dealers and installers now to place your replacement engine purchase orders while engines may still in stock and technicians and installation facilities may be available. Please be aware that the TRU Regulationís purchase order deadline for replacement engines has passed, as of August 31, 2012; so, compliance extensions will not be granted for replacement engines purchased after that date if engine installation cannot be completed by December 31, 2012. That is why it is important for owners of model year 2005 TRUs to place their purchase orders for replacement engines as soon as possible, while engines may still in stock. If your TRU engine dealer and installer cannot commit to completing the engine repower by December 31, 2012, you may need to consider a different compliance option; and instead, you may need to place an order for a verified diesel emissions control strategy (VDECS), such as a diesel particulate filter. The purchase order deadline for VDECS is October 31, 2012. If you order your VDECS by October 31st, you may qualify for a compliance extension if delivery and installation are delayed and compliance is not possible by December 31, 2012. Repowering with a new, cleaner engine will not meet the required Ultra-Low Emissions TRU (ULETRU) in-use performance standard; however, repowering does reset the compliance date for meeting the ULETRU in-use standard to seven years after the replacement engineís effective model year. Therefore, a model year 2012 replacement engine would still need to meet ULETRU by December 31, 2019, to remain in compliance after that date. If you elect to comply by retrofitting an in-use engine with a VDECS that meets ULETRU, please be sure to only order a Level 3 VDECS, which will reduce diesel PM emissions by at least 85 percent. Once a TRU meets the ULETRU in-use standard, there are no more-stringent in-use performance standards that apply. Also, beginning January 1, 2013, California law will require freight brokers, forwarders, shippers, and receivers to only hire and dispatch TRU-equipped trucks, trailers, shipping containers, and railcars that are compliant with the in-use performance standards if the perishable load will travel on California highways or railways. Carriers will need to be able to show the business entity that hires the carrier that they have compliant TRUs. Please take steps now to make sure you are ready to show your TRUs are compliant. First, make sure your TRUs are compliant with the TRU in-use standards. Then, register them in ARB's Equipment Registration (ARBER) system so that you can print out an ARBER Certification Page for each TRU and present that to freight brokers, forwarders, shippers, or receivers. The hiring business entity will need proof of compliance, such as the ARBER Certification Page, before they can hire you. For further explanation of these new requirements, please review ARBís "Guidance for Brokers, Forwarders, Shippers, Receivers, Carriers and Drivers: Hiring and Contracting TRU-Carrier Transport of Perishable Goods on California Highways and Railways" at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/tru/documents/guidance_broker-shipper-receiver.pdf More information is available: For general information about the TRU Regulation, the TRU Website is at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/tru/tru.htm The ARBER registration website is at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/arber/arber.htm ARBER Registration Help pages are at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/arber/trureg/trureg.htm TRU Advisories are listed at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/tru/advisories.htm If you have questions about compliance or registration in ARBER, please call the TRU Help Line at 1-888-878-2826 or call 1-916-327-8737. Background: TRUs are refrigeration systems powered by integral diesel internal combustion engines designed to control the environment of temperature-sensitive products that are transported in trucks, trailers, shipping containers, and railcars. The emissions from these units are a source of unhealthful air pollutants including particulate matter, toxic air contaminants, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, and hydrocarbons, that all pose a potential threat to both public health and the environment. These units often congregate in large numbers at California distribution centers, grocery stores, and other facilities where they run for extended periods of time to ensure their perishable contents remain cold or frozen. These distribution and loading facilities are often in close proximity to schools, hospitals, and residential neighborhoods. In 2004, the TRU Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM) was adopted by the Board to reduce diesel particulate matter emissions from TRUs and TRU gen set engines. Amendments were adopted by the Board in November 2010 and October 2011.