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CARB Sets Tentative Dates for Next Round of Public Workshops on Off-Road Equipment and Truck & Bus Regulations

Mark you calendars. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) will hold a series of public workshops in August and September to discuss the off-road equipment and truck & bus regulations. At the workshops CARB will solicit comments on proposed amendments to the regulations and the revised emission inventory. In the message from CARB below, the dates for the workshops are still tentative, and a formal Public Workshop Notice forthcoming. The tentative workshop dates are:

August 26, 2010, Fresno
August 31, 2010, El Monte
September 1, 2010, San Diego
September 7, 2010, Sacramento
September 9, 2010, Oakland

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CARB Postpones Hearing on Amendments to the Off-Road Equipment and On-Road Truck Regulations

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced it is postponing the hearing to consider amendments to the Off-Road Equipment and On-Road Heavy-Duty Truck Regulations from September to November, 2010. CARB is also going to schedule additional workshops in August and September.

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CARB Workshop Handouts on Proposed Amendments to the Off-Road Equipment and Truck & Bus Regulations Now Available

CARB has made available the handouts and presentations for the June and July workshops on the proposed amendments to the Off-Road Equipment and Truck & Bus Regulations.

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South Coast AQMD Permit Application Penalty "Holiday"

To help protect the region's business climate and clean air interests during current economic conditions, the South Coast Air Quality Management District has established a temporary permit application penalty holiday. This amnesty program is designed to provide most businesses an opportunity to obtain AQMD air quality permits without incurring late fees or violation penalties.

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Air Resources Board schedules Public Workshops to Cover Proposed Amendments to Off-Road Equipment and Truck & Bus Regulations

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has scheduled a series of public workshops to discuss proposed amendments to the Off-Road Equipment and Truck & Bus Regulations.  The workshops will be held on the following dates:

  • June 23, 2010, Fresno
  • June 28, 2010, Sacramento
  • July 1, 2010, El Monte
  • July 6, 2010, San Diego

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Contractors, Off-Road Equipment and Truck Owners should attend one of CARB’s Upcoming Public Workshops to Discuss Potential Changes to Diesel Regulations

On April 22, 2010 the California Air Resources Board (CARB) instructed its staff to develop amendments granting relief to the Off-Road Equipment and Truck and Bus Regulations for the Board to consider later this year. To prepare for this, CARB has scheduled three public workshops to discuss proposed amendments for the Off-Road and Truck and Bus Regulations and the emission inventories underlying the regulations.

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California Air Resources Board Meeting April 22, 2010 to Hear Update on Off-Road Equipment and On-Road Truck Regulations

On Thursday, April 22, 2010 the California Air Resources Board (CARB) will conduct a meeting at which the Board and public will receive an update on the status of the Diesel Off-Road Equipment and On-Road Truck & Bus Regulations. 

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U.S. EPA Still Refuses to Hold Hearings in California and Requests Written Public Comments on CARB Request for Approval for Off-Road Regulation

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) requirements for off-road diesel fleets to meet a series of stringent emission standards over the next several years must receive U.S. EPA approval before the standards can be enforced.

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CARB Public Hearing on Off-Road Regulation – March 11, 2010

After a significant push by the Construction Industry Air Quality Coalition (CIAQC), its members and a Petition for Emergency Relief filed by the Associated General Contractors (AGC), the California Air Resources Board (CARB) will hold a public hearing March 11, 2010 on the need for additional modifications to the Off-Road Regulation due to the down economy. This could lead to further relief with changes to the regulation by the end of the year!

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Save the Date – March 11, 2010

In response to an Associated General Contractors (AGC) Petition for Emergency Relief from the Off-road Regulation, the Executive Officer of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) will hold a public hearing on March 11, 2010 in Sacramento where contractors, construction equipment owners and other stakeholders may testify on the question of whether the Off-road Regulation should be further modified due to the down economy and subsequent emission reductions. If compliance with the Off-road Regulation will impact your company’s ability to remain in business, plan on attending this important hearing!

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CARB Considering a Limited One-Year Extension for Non-Certified (Tier 0) Portable Engines

If you would like the ability to continue to use certain non-certified Tier 0 portable engines for an additional year, plan to attend the California Air Resources Board (CARB) meeting on January 28, 2010 in Sacramento to express your support. At the hearing the CARB Board will consider amendments to extend the deadline for replacing older engines for smaller companies (those with 25 or fewer portable engines) and modify the Portable Equipment Registration Program (PERP) recordkeeping and reporting requirements.

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We need to hear from large fleets that cannot rely on Reduced Activity Credit alone to comply with the Off-Road Regulation’s first compliance deadline (March 1, 2010).

The Construction Industry Air Quality Coalition (CIAQC) is working with its member associations and members to gain additional regulatory relief from the CARB Off-Road Regulation for equipment owners and operators. By March 1, 2010 large fleets (greater than 5,000 total fleet horsepower) must achieve NOx and particulate matter (PM) fleet average target rates or meet Best Available Control Technology (BACT).

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CARB Announces Informal Grace Period to Self-Report Off-Road Vehicles Without Penalty

On Tuesday, December 15, 2009 the California Air Resources Board (CARB) extended an informal grace period for fleets that have not yet reported their off-road vehicles. Fleets that self-report will not face enforcement action if they report all of their vehicles prior to January 1, 2010 (for large and medium fleets) and March 1, 2010 (for small fleets).

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