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cargo -- Cargo-Handling Regulation - Amendments Posted: 08 Jan 2013 15:09:10
AMENDMENTS APPROVED FOR REGULATION OF CARGO-HANDLING EQUIPMENT AT PORTS AND INTERMODAL-RAIL YARDS . The Office of Administrative Law has approved the Air Resources Board’s 2011 amendments to the 2005 Cargo Handling Equipment (CHE) Regulation. These amendments became effective October 14, 2012. This email offers a brief explanation of the amendments and provides additional information on implementation. The final regulatory language describing the amendments can be accessed here: http://www.arb.ca.gov/regact/2011/cargo11/finalfro.pdf. Low Use Extension This option (section (f)(6)) provides a two-year extension from the original compliance date for equipment operating less than 200 hours per year. A full two-year extension is not available for equipment with compliance dates that have already passed. For example, low-use equipment with an original compliance date of December 31, 2011, could be granted a low-use compliance extension, but only until December 31, 2013. CHE owners/operators interested in a low-use extension must submit an application to ARB staff. Transfers of Non-yard Truck Equipment This provision (section (c)(3)) allows the transfer of non-yard truck equipment between two ports or intermodal railyards under the same control or ownership. The equipment transfer cannot be used to meet compliance requirements. Prior to transferring CHE from one facility to another under the same ownership, owners/operators must apply to, and receive approval from, ARB - per section (k) of the amended regulation. Opacity Monitoring Another amendment (sections (e)(2)(A)5. and (e)(3)(A)3.) requires opacity monitoring for all equipment subject to the CHE regulation with the exception of equipment less than four years old. To enforce the opacity-monitoring requirements, ARB will request authorization from U.S. EPA and will not enforce until granted authorization. However, it is prudent for CHE owner/operators to prepare for this event by either having staff certified to conduct monitoring or prepare to obtain these services through service contracts. For more information regarding this advisory or technical questions concerning the regulation, please visit our web site at http://www.arb.ca.gov/cargo or contact Ms. Michele Houghton at 916.327.5638, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on enforcement of mobile cargo-handling equipment regulations, please contact Mr. H. Cuauhtémoc Pelayo at 626.575.6779, or via e-mail at email@example.com. Background - Mobile Cargo-Handling Equipment at Ports and Intermodal Rail Yards Regulation The regulation applies to all diesel powered cargo handling equipment operating at California’s ports and intermodal rail yards. Cargo-handling equipment is all equipment used to transfer goods or perform maintenance and repairs, and includes: yard trucks (hostlers), rubber-tired gantry cranes, top handlers, side handlers, forklifts, and loaders. Adopted in December 2005, the regulation is designed to reduce diesel particulate matter in communities located near ports and intermodal rail yards.