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tru -- TRU (reefer) owners: It’s time to begin planning model year 2007 reefer engine compliance Posted: 14 Mar 2014 09:37:10
The California Air Resources Board (ARB) recommends that refrigerated carriers that own transport refrigeration units (TRU or reefer) that must comply with the TRU Regulation’s in-use performance standards by the end of 2014 need to begin planning compliance strategies and budgets now. Model year (MY) 2007 TRU engines must comply with the TRU Regulation’s in-use standards by December 31, 2014. Purchase orders for compliance equipment (e.g. trailers, units, or engines) or technology (e.g. diesel particulate filters) must be placed before the TRU Regulation’s purchase order deadlines to qualify for a compliance extension if delivery or installation is delayed until after December 31, 2014. To qualify for this compliance extension, the TRU must be registered in ARB’s Equipment Registration (ARBER) system, purchase orders must be placed before the purchase order deadlines, and compliance extension applications must be submitted by December 31st. The purchase order deadlines that apply to TRUs are: • For reefer trailers, TRU replacements, and TRU engine replacements: August 31st (four months ahead of the compliance deadline); and • For verified diesel particulate filter retrofits: October 31st (two months ahead of the compliance deadline). If purchase orders are placed before the purchase order deadline and in-use compliance cannot be achieved by December 31, 2014, due to delays in delivery or installation, the TRU/reefer owner may apply for a compliance extension. A compliance extension application, with attached supporting documentation, must be submitted to ARB by December 31, 2014. All MY 2006 and older TRU engines (or units manufactured in 2006 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 MY 2006 and older TRU engines/units must not be operated in California unless they are brought into compliance immediately. BE AWARE! The replacement engine compliance option for trailer TRUs no longer results in a full seven years of compliance until ULETRU is required. The replacement engine models that will fit and perform in trailer TRUs are Tier 4i engines. Since Tier 4i is no longer in effect, the effective MY of a Tier 4i replacement engine is 2012, so compliance with the Ultra-Low-Emission TRU (ULETRU) in-use performance standard is still required by December 31, 2019 (seven years after the effective model year). This results in only 5 years of compliance before ULETRU is required. Retrofitting with a Level 3 Verified Diesel Emissions Strategy (VDECS) may be something to consider because Level 3 VDECS meets the TRU Regulation’s ULETRU In-Use Performance Standard. There is no more-stringent in-use standard than ULETRU, but you need to understand that more emissions-related engine maintenance is needed to ensure reliable operation with a DPF (e.g. periodically check fuel injectors pop pressure and spray pattern, check fuel pump, check engine intake and exhaust valves). Diesel particulate filters are NOT “fit-and-forget” systems. 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 Information about Level 3 VDECS is at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/tru/tru.htm#mozTocId341892 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 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. California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.