CARB eyes tougher emissions regs for trucks; seeks comments at hearing

| Monday, August 13, 2007

With tougher emissions rules in place for new truck models, the world’s most active emissions-busting agency is looking at another source – trucks already on the road.

Next year, the California Air Resources Board expects to consider a rule requiring lower diesel particulate matter emissions for trucks already traveling the state’s 50,000 lane-miles of highways.

No drafts of such a rule exist, according to agency officials, but as CARB staffers prepare to present the rule to the full board in 2008, the environmental agency is conducting workshops to gather input on the topic.

CARB will use the workshops to gather input from stakeholders, said Karen Caesar, a CARB spokeswoman. Caeser told Land Line Magazine that the CARB board expects to consider adding a new law in 2008.

The first workshop is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the board’s auditorium in El Monte, CA.

A second workshop will be from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Byron Sher Auditorium in Sacramento. Lastly, the agency will host a workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, at the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District in Fresno.

For more information or to view Webcasts of the workshops, visit CARB’s Web site at www.arb.ca.gov.

During an April workshop CARB presented for stakeholders, CARB employee Jackie Johnson told an audience that 270,000 trucks made up California’s private fleets in 2005, and that 62 percent of those trucks included model years between 1994 and 2005.

California has a goal of reducing diesel particulate matter emissions by 75 percent by 2010, and by 85 percent by 2020.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer
charlie_morasch@landlinemag.com

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