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Legislators 'urge' the California Air Resources Board to "Back Off"


Just one day after a federal lawsuit was filed to to halt the U.S. government and the state of California from moving ahead with new greenhouse gas emissions rules for cars and trucks, 20 Senators and 32 Assemblymembers sent a letter to CARB urging them suspend proposed regulations. The suit filed Tuesday, Sept. 8, by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Automobile Dealers Assn. seeks to block the waiver that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted to California under the Clean Air Act to set vehicle emissions standards. The letter to CARB is dated September 9, 2009.

From YAHOO OFFROAD DIESEL group:

“Assemblyman Roger Niello has led a bi-partisan group of legislators to send a letter to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) requesting a temporary suspension of on and off-road diesel regulations that have taken effect within the last year.”


Download the letter Sent to CARB (.pdf file)

9/21/2009

Assemblyman Niello Leads Effort To Request Delay In Diesel Regulations

Todd Moffitt

(916) 319-2005

 

SACRAMENTO - Assemblyman Roger Niello has led a bi-partisan group of legislators to send a letter to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) requesting a temporary suspension of on and off-road diesel regulations that have taken effect within the last year.

In all, 52 members of the legislature including both Republicans and Democrats have signed a letter that acknowledges the need to reduce particulate matter, but expresses concern that these regulations will have a further devastating effect on unemployment and the economy and have the potential to ruin an industry that is relied on heavily for the movements of goods and thus the general health of our economy.

Further, Proposition 1B, approved by the voters in November, 2006, contained the authority for $750 million in bond funds for grants and loans to assist with the retrofit of truck fleets. To date, only about a third of these funds have been available to the industry as the state's deteriorated credit rating has prevented the sale of bonds.

"Under normal circumstances, these regulations that were set forth by CARB were going to be very onerous and costly to comply with. But given the current state of our economy, and the lack of available bond funds that were promised to help with the costs of retrofit, it is certainly reasonable to request that CARB delay the implementation of these diesel regulations for at least a year," said Assemblyman Niello.