California workshops to focus on truck rules

Jill Dunn | September 21, 2010

California is having a final series of workshops to gather feedback for amendments to two key truck regulations.

The state’s Air Resources Board will solicit input on modifying the truck and bus and drayage truck regulations and provide presentations at the workshops.

The recession resulted in significantly reduced emissions, so the board is revisiting these rules and will consider amendments at its December meeting. “The amendments do not exist in hard copy form yet,” said Karen Caesar, a CARB spokeswoman.

CARB staffers presented the board with an updated emission inventory April 22 and summarized how the recession resulted in less business activity, which in turn yielded lower emission levels than forecast. Board members asked staffers to develop amendments to reduce economic impact on businesses while still meeting federal air standards.

CARB had workshops May through September to gather comment on changing these regulations and also took comment on the tractor-trailer greenhouse gas regulation. 

Workshops will be Sept. 30 in Sacramento, Oct. 4 in El Monte, Oct. 5 in San Diego and Oct. 12 in Fresno. For those unable to attend in person, a webcast will be available during the Sacramento workshop, available that day at
www.calepa.ca.gov/broadcast/?BDO=1. An email address will be available to submit questions or comments.

General questions on the workshops or the regulations are available at 1-866-6DIESEL. Persons with truck and bus regulatory amendment questions should email
ateiwhite@arb.ca.gov or call (916) 324-1704. For questions regarding the drayage truck regulatory amendments, email msutherl@arb.ca.gov or call (916) 445-4236.

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