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October 08, 2010

San Francisco Chronicle: Overestimate fueled state's landmark diesel law

CARB Adopts A Simpler Plan

LOIS HENRY: Air board backs off heavy equipment rule


May 03, 2010

The California Jobs Initiative (Suspend AB32) will be on State Ballot

March 17, 2010

The California Jobs Initiative Petition is Ready for Circulation--Download Yours Now!

February, 26, 2010

The Air Resources (ARB) has issued an advisory providing clarification regarding enforcement of the In-Use Off-Road Diesel Vehicle Regulation.   In summary, because of the continuing effects of the economy on industries that use off-road diesel vehicles, in particular the construction industry, and because ARB currently lacks authorization from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) to enforce certain aspects of the regulation, effective immediately, no enforcement action will be taken for noncompliance with the March 1, 2010 emission performance provisions of the regulation, which include:

•  Requirements for vehicle retrofit and replacement
•  Limitations on adding higher emitting Tier 0 and Tier 1 vehicles
•  Requirements for new fleets to meet fleet average targets

During this enforcement delay, fleets will not be retroactively cited for non-compliance with these provisions.  This enforcement delay will remain in place until U.S. EPA grants authorization to California to enforce all provisions of the regulation.  At that time, ARB will provide fleets with up to an additional 6 months to comply with all requirements, as we’ve done previously with other regulations.

However, all other provisions of the regulation not requiring U.S. EPA authorization, including the labeling, reporting and idling limits, remain in effect and are enforceable.

More information and a copy of this enforcement advisory are available at http://www.arb.ca.gov/enf/advs/advs414.pdf

This advisory is being issued in coordination with ARB staff’s continuing evaluation of the emission impact of current economic conditions.  As part of that effort, in late summer 2010, the Board will consider additional amendments to both this regulation and the Truck and Bus Regulation that would be designed to provide additional regulatory relief to affected fleets while still achieving California’s clean air commitments.

Also, in support of this evaluation, a hearing will be held in Sacramento on March 11, 2010, before the ARB’s Executive Officer to take testimony and other relevant information on the need for further amendments to the regulation to address the economic recession confronting the State and the adverse impacts that the recession has caused the construction and other industries that operate off-road vehicles.  As the Board has already directed staff to provide an update on the regulation at its April 2010 meeting, any information and testimony collected at this hearing will be compiled and included as part of that update.  A public hearing notice for this meeting will be released shortly.


February 12, 2010
CARB Backing Down -- Keep the Pressure On!

February 11, 2010
Public Symposium to re-do the Hien Tran Report to be held February 26, 2010
Rapid Harvest Company fined $16,500 for emissions violations
Unilever parent company pays $1.3 million for air quality violations
Chemical Transfer Company fined $6,500 for emissions violations

January 11, 2010
Assembly Committee Democrats Vote Against Saving 1 Million California Jobs

January 4, 2010
Dan Logue's AB118 Amended in Assembly January 4, 2010

January 3, 2010
Trucker strike looming at Port of Oakland

December 18, 2009
From Capitol Weekly: Governor Orders Changes to Truck Rule

December 01, 2009
Logue wants air rules to face popular vote

Novemner 22, 2009
CARB Board Member Demands a 'Stay' of Truck Regulations.

November 4, 2009
Federal Court to Hear ARTBA vs. EPA Lawsuit Nov. 9th ― How could your business be affected?

October 08, 2009
CARB calculators give a hint of new costs and complex compliance requirements of new regulation.
Updated Executive Summary of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard Staff Report
September 25, 2009

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.”


Read the letter Sent to CARB (.pdf file)


September 24, 2009
The deadline for the Drayage Truck Regulation is September 30, 2009.
Proposed Modified Text for the Proposed Regulations for So Called Low Carbon Fuels

September 18, 2009
ARB has posted the Notice of Public Availability of Modified Text and Availability of Additional Documents for the Proposed Adoption of the Regulation to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Heavy-Duty Vehicles. The notice, modified text, and additional documents can be accessed from our website at the address:
The modifications and additional documents are open for public comment until October 2, 2009.  Your comments should only address the proposed modifications and additional documents.

Please submit any comments here: 

HEARING ACTION AND SUPPLEMENTAL 15-DAY NOTICES

POSTED September 17, 2009

Notice of Public Availability of Modified Text and Availability of Additional Documents (PDF - 49K)

  • Attachment 1: Modified Regulatory Language for Public Comment  (PDF- 214 KB)
Deadline to Submit Public Comment: October 2, 2009

Posted March 10, 2009

Resolution 08-44 (PDF- 452K)

  • Attachment B: Staff's Suggested Modifications (PDF - 144K)

September 11, 2009
Lawsuit over GH gas finally begins. It's about time!

September 4, 2009
CARB flunks nation’s largest school bus company
CA Air Resources Board resists complete audit

August 25, 2009
John R. Froines, chairman of the CARB Scientific Review Board member of "Chicago Seven"

August 24, 2009
Announcement of TRAC Members and Meeting Date Change to September 1, 2009

August 21, 2009
Wiggins' behavior raises health questions--Unfit to oversee CARB?

August 20, 2009
Heavy-Handed CARB Regulations Cost the City of Fresno $1,049,500--City Residents to Pay

August 19, 2009

CARB on the Run!

The Air Resources Board has posted a 15-Day "Notice of Public Availability of Modified Text for the Adoption of a Diesel Particulate Matter and Oxides of Nitrogen and Greenhouse Gases Control Measure for On-road Heavy-Duty Diesel-Fueled Vehicles Operating in California and to the amendments of other existing regulations. ” “Also, commonly referred to as the “Truck and Bus Regulation.”

The Notice of Availability of Modified Text and the proposed regulatory text are available on ARB’s Internet site for this rulemaking:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/regact/2008/truckbus08/truckbus08.htm

Written comments on the modified text may be submitted by postal mail or electronic mail as indicated in the Notice of Availability of Modified Text.  To provide your comments, please go to:  http://www.arb.ca.gov/lispub/comm/bclist.php

Deadline for Public Comment Period September 3, 2009

Copies of these documents may be obtained by contacting Ms. Gloria Lindner, Mobile Source Control Division, at (916) 323-2803.

  • 15-Day Notice of Public Availability of Modified Text (PDF- 97K)
    • Attachment 1 ~ Staff's Suggested Modifications to the Proposed Regulation for In-Use On-Road Diesel Vehicles Presented at the December 2008 Board Hearing (PDF- 312K)
    • Attachment 2 ~ Staff's Suggested Modifications to the Original Regulatory Proposal as Presented to the Board at the December 2008 Board Hearing  (PDF- 15K)