Attention Contractors!

REMINDER - April 24, 2014 California Air Resources Board (ARB) hearing to consider modifications to Truck and Bus Regulation

April 21 is the deadline to submit written comments on the proposed changes to the Truck and Bus Regulation. Written comments must be submitted no later than 5:00 PM, April 21, 2014, to be considered by the ARB Board prior to the meeting. Oral and written comments will also be accepted at the hearing.

To provide your comments prior to the April 24, 2014 Board hearing, go to http://www.arb.ca.gov/lispub/comm/bcsubform.php?listname=truckbus14&comm_period=A. You can also see what other people are saying about the proposed amendments by clicking here.

ARB will hold a public hearing to consider the adoption of amendments to the Regulation to Reduce Emissions of Diesel Particulate Matter, Oxides of Nitrogen and other Criteria Pollutants from In-Use Heavy-Duty Diesel-Fueled Vehicles (Truck and Bus Regulation) on April 24, 2014. The hearing will begin at 9:00 a.m. at ARB located at 1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, in the Byron Sher Auditorium. Directions: http://www.calepa.ca.gov/EPABldg/location.htm

ARB is proposing to add a new compliance option that adjusts the timeline for the installation of diesel particulate filters for low-mileage work trucks (including construction trucks) that travel less than 20,000 miles per year. ARB is also proposing to expand the Low-Use Vehicle Exemption for trucks that operate fewer than 5,000 miles per year. There are other provisions to the existing regulation that ARB is proposing to modify. Click here for a summary of the proposed changes and the hearing notice.

For a full list of the ARB documents associated with this regulatory action including the actual language of the proposed amendments (Attachment A), the Initial Statement of Reasons (ISOR), other supporting material and links to commenting click here.

The Construction Industry Air Quality Coalition (CIAQC) believes the ARB proposal needs to include additional relief and flexibility to the construction industry given the effects of the slow economic recovery affecting contractors. Click here to see the CIAQC recommendations to ARB.   

For questions about the proposed amendments, ARB provides the following contacts:

Inquiries concerning the substance of the proposed amendments to the Truck and Bus regulation may be directed to the designated agency contact persons, Ms. Beth White, Manager of the On-Road Compliance Assistance Section, at (916) 324 1704, or Ms. Jacqueline Johnson, Air Pollution Specialist, at (916) 323-2750.


This information is provided by the Construction Industry Air Quality Coalition.

CIAQC is a non-profit 501(c)(6) founded in 1989 by four southern California trade associations--Associated General Contractors of California, Building Industry Association of Southern California, Engineering Contractors Association and the Southern California Contractors Association.

These signatory contractor organizations, through the Southern California Industry Funds, created CIAQC to help their members understand and navigate the ever-increasing web of government environmental regulation under which they operate their businesses and build our communities, our infrastructure and the environmental systems that will enhance California’s future.

Today several organizations and individual construction firms throughout the state are active in CIAQC. Member associations now also include the Associated General Contractors America – San Diego Chapter, Inc., California Construction Trucking Association, United Contractors, and the California Rental Association.

CIAQC assists the construction industry and regulatory agencies in the development of environmental regulatory strategies that will balance the goals of a healthy environment and a healthy local economy with the least adverse impact on the construction industry.

http://www.ciaqc.com/

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