CARB to hold workshop on reefer rule Wednesday

| 8/16/2010

The California Air Resources Board is looking for more input this week as it works out changes in its reefer rule. The CARB staff is making changes based upon input from public workshops with industry stakeholders.

The reefer rule, also known as the Transportation Refrigeration Unit Rule or TRU rule, is undergoing proposed modifications that could be adopted in late fall.

The rule is also being changed based on feedback CARB staff receives at the workshops, one of which will be hosted this week.

The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Pacific on Wednesday, Aug. 18, in the Byron Sher Auditorium at Cal EPA headquarters in Sacramento, CA.

The workshop also will be webcast and available for teleconferencing. The webcast will be available here. The teleconference number for callers in the U.S. and Canada is 800-779-1505.

At a July workshop, CARB announced a proposal to allow model year 2003 reefers in the 25 hp to 50 hp category to meet the state’s “low-emissions transportation refrigeration unit standards” – which CARB calls the LETRU standards – by the end of 2010.

If the proposal remains unchanged, that would mean that 2003 or older reefers would need to be retrofitted with Level 2 verified diesel emission control system – which is most commonly a diesel particulate filter – or need to have the engine replaced with a tier 4i engine.

A second proposed revision would allow model year 2003 reefers in the less than 25 hp category to be retrofitted with the Level 2 emission control system, or DPF, by the end of 2011 to comply with the low-emission standard.

Organizations that represent large trucking companies have argued against CARB’s 100-hour exemption for reefers that don’t spend much time in the state.

Rod Hill, CARB staff air pollution specialist, recently told Land Line that CARB staff decided to drop the 100-hour exemption after California Trucking Association representatives and others argued that CARB would have difficulty enforcing the exemption.

Hill understood that the move may not be popular with small trucking operations that may have planned on making limited trips to California by using the 100-hour exemption.

“There are definitely two sides to this issue,” Hill said in early August. “What we’re trying to do is find that balance.”

CARB’s TRU rule website is available here.

The air quality agency also has a toll-free hotline for truck owners to call about all CARB diesel truck regulations. That number is 866-6-DIESEL (866-634-3735).

Hill said CARB is in the process of adding drop-down menus to its TRU rule registry system, called ARBER, which is mandatory for in-state reefer owners to register their information with CARB. Out-of-state trucking operations are encouraged to use the system.

The changes should make registration easier than the previous system, which required reefer owners to calculate some figures before registering, Hill said.

“We’re hoping to make this a lot easier for folks to register,” Hill said.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer