The Air Resources Board today began the formal process to revise its strategy for the clean-up of on- and off-road diesel engines
by directing staff to return in September with specific proposals to provide additional flexibility.
fully recognize that the economy has had an effect on the owners and
operators of big rigs, buses and construction equipment, and has also
resulted in emissions from these vehicles being lower than we
expected,” said ARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols
. ”We are committed to taking those impacts into consideration for our diesel clean-up program.”
direction by the Board today,” added Nichols, “will result in
additional flexibility to affected companies and individuals, while
still continuing to achieve the significant air quality and health
benefits these diesel controls will deliver.”
Board has asked staff to draft changes to the regulations that will
mitigate the potential effects of an unfavorable economy on affected
businesses, while keeping in mind the need to protect public health,
meet federal clean air deadlines, and continue moving forward even
through uncertain times. The Board also directed staff to
consider approaches to give credit to firms that have already complied
with the regulations, and to examine the possibility of additional
loans and incentive funding for the program.
presented an update on diesel emission estimates, and the approach for
incorporating new information on diesel fuel use, emission factors and
equipment use. A new emissions estimate will be used in the
rule revision process.
ARB staff will
conduct a series of workshops in May and June in Los Angeles,
Sacramento and Fresno with stakeholders and the public to solicit
information about proposed revisions to the regulations that will be
presented to the Board in September.
has already extended deadlines for off-road equipment owners through
AB8 2X (signed by the Governor in February 2009), including delayed
compliance and credits for those who have reduced their fleet size or
operating hours in response to the recession.
addition, ARB will continue its program of financial support to help
owners and operators of these trucks and equipment. Over $100
million in Proposition 1B funds alone have been allocated for cleaning
up on-road diesel trucks through retrofits or replacement.
Additional funds have been made available through the Carl Moyer Grant
Program, along with loans via AB 118 and federal stimulus funds.
exhaust contains a variety of harmful gases and over 40 other known
cancer-causing compounds. In 1998, California identified diesel
particulate matter as a toxic air contaminant based on its potential to
cause cancer, premature death and other health problems.
Air Resources Board is a department of the California Environmental
Protection Agency. ARB’s mission is to promote and protect public
health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction
of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the
economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in
California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.