Release 97-06
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                CONTACT: Jerry Martin
March 26, 1997                                                                                           Allan Hirsch
                                                                                                                    Richard Varenchik
                                                                                                                    (916) 322-2990

Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board (ARB) will hold a public hearing to consider the adoption of a statewide portable equipment registration program on Thursday, March 27, 1997 at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will be held in the Lower Level Meeting Room at ARB headquarters at:

                                                               2020 L Street
                                                               Sacramento, California 95814

        ARB staff's presentation to the Board will address the economic impact on businesses that choose to register their portable equipment through the voluntary statewide program, as well as the registration requirements. Owners must now register their portable equipment with each individual air district, which can be costly and time-consuming. The proposed program allows owners to register their equipment on a statewide basis for three years at a cost of $90 per unit, undercutting the cost of most air district permits.

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Portable engines will be on display in Parking Lot B, adjacent to ARB headquarters, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This equipment may include generators, compressors and rock crushing, gravel screening, mineral processing and military tactical support machinery.

DIRECTIONS: ARB headquarters is in downtown Sacramento, six blocks east of the State Capitol. From I-80 east or west, take the 15th or 16th Street exits. Head east on X Street to 21st Street. Turn left (north) and proceed to L Street. Turn left again; the ARB building occupies the entire block between 20th and 21st streets (Thomas Bros. Guide - pg. 297, E-5).

        The 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.

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