Several new California emissions laws go into effect in January 2008, including the state’s ban on idling beyond five minutes and a requirement that APUs on trucks with 2007 or newer engines have DPF filters.
Next, the California Air Resources Board is poised to adopt new greenhouse gas emissions requirements for in-use heavy duty diesel trucks in 2008.
To prepare such a law, CARB is hosting workshops Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 22 and 23, to gather input before the agency crafts a proposed regulation.
Wednesday’s workshop in El Monte is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pacific time, and Thursday’s workshop in Fresno will be from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
Both will be available by Webcast at www.arb.ca.gov.
California has a goal of reducing diesel particulate matter emissions by 75 percent by 2010, and by 85 percent by 2020.
During an April workshop that CARB presented to stakeholders, CARB employee Jackie Johnson told an audience that 270,000 trucks made up California’s non-government on-road fleets in 2005, and that 62 percent of those trucks included model years between 1994 and 2005.
– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer