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tru -- ARB has Updated Guidance for Electric Standby Systems in Transport Refrigeration Units Posted: 19 Jun 2013 13:29:50
The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has updated its Regulatory Guidance for Electric Standby and Hybrid Electric Systems for Alternative Technology Compliance Strategies. Transport refrigeration unit (TRU) owners that are using electric standby or hybrid electric as a compliance option should carefully review this regulatory guidance to ensure they actually qualify for compliance. ARB will be auditing TRU owners that are claiming to comply by using electric standby or hybrid electric in the coming months. This will include audits to ensure the recordkeeping and reporting requirements are being met. TRUs that are equipped with electric standby or hybrid electric systems may comply with the TRU Regulationís in-use performance standards only if they are used in a way that qualifies them as an Alternative Technology. These TRUs must be plugged into electric power when they are at any non-retail delivery and pick-up location in California, while loaded with perishable goods and during initial chill-down. Again, TRU engine operation must be eliminated while at non-retail locations, with narrow exceptions. TRU engine operation at retail delivery points (examples are grocery stores, restaurants, cafeterias, convenience stores) must also be limited to less than 30 minutes. If the engine operating time needs to exceed 30 minutes at retail delivery points, the TRU must be plugged into electric power. GPS tracking systems with automated recordkeeping and reporting are also required to qualify for compliance (being phased in now). ARBís updated regulatory guidance explains these requirements, the phase-in schedule, and provides specifications for businesses interested in providing electronic tracking systems with automated recordkeeping and reporting. The updated regulatory guidance document is available at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/tru/documents/guidance_electricstandby_ets.pdf Where can I get more information? 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.