Niello Leads Effort To Request Delay In Diesel Regulations
SACRAMENTO - Assemblyman Roger
Niello has led a bi-partisan group of legislators
to send a letter to the California Air Resources Board (CARB)
temporary suspension of on and off-road diesel regulations that have
effect within the last year.
In all, 52 members of the legislature including both Republicans and
have signed a letter that acknowledges the need to reduce particulate
but expresses concern that these regulations will have a further
effect on unemployment and the economy and have the potential to ruin
industry that is relied on heavily for the movements of goods and thus
general health of our economy.
Further, Proposition 1B, approved by the voters in November, 2006,
the authority for $750 million in bond funds for grants and loans to
with the retrofit of truck fleets. To date, only about a third of these
have been available to the industry as the state's deteriorated credit
has prevented the sale of bonds.
"Under normal circumstances, these regulations that were set forth by
were going to be very onerous and costly to comply with. But given the
state of our economy, and the lack of available bond funds that were
to help with the costs of retrofit, it is certainly reasonable to
CARB delay the implementation of these diesel regulations for at least
year," said Assemblyman Niello.