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tru -- Last chance to order compliance technology for your 2006 transport refrigeration units Posted: 26 Aug 2013 11:33:34
There are just a few days left before the purchase order deadline (August 31st) for ordering new transport refrigeration units (TRU) and engines if you want to qualify for an extension in the event that there is a manufacturer or installer delay to meet the December 31, 2013, deadline for model year 2006 TRU engines/units. The California Air Resources Board (ARB) recommends that TRU owners take action to plan and order compliance options to ensure TRU model year 2006 engines (or units manufactured in 2006) comply with in-use performance standards by the end of 2013. The TRU Regulation allows compliance extensions if delivery or installation is delayed; but, to qualify for these extensions, the TRU must be registered in ARB’s Equipment Registration (ARBER) system and purchase orders must be placed early enough to take into account delivery, installation, holiday, and year-end lead times. The purchase order deadlines are: • For TRU engine replacements and unit replacements: By the end of August -- four months ahead of the compliance deadline; and • For verified diesel particulate filter retrofits: By the end of October – two months ahead of the compliance deadline. For model year 2006 engines/units, owners must make a good-faith effort to comply by the end of 2013. If in-use compliance cannot be achieved by December 31, 2013, due to delays in delivery or installation, reefer owners may apply for a compliance extension. The compliance extension application (see below), with attached supporting documentation, must be received at ARB by December 31, 2013. All model year 2005 and older TRU engines (or units manufactured in 2005 or earlier) should be in compliance now. Please note that trailer manufacture year and in-service dates are not used to determine TRU compliance dates. Noncompliant model year 2005 and older TRU engines/units must not be operated in California. Compliance with the TRU Regulation’s in-use performance standards is required before MY 2005 and older engines/units can legally operate in California. 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 TRU Compliance extension applications are at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/arber/trureg/truextensions.htm If you have questions about in-use performance standard compliance, registration in ARBER, or in-use compliance extensions, please call the TRU Help Line at 1-888-878-2826 or 1-916-327-8737, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.