CARB Backs Off Retrofits in Proposed Changes to Off-road Diesel RegulationCED Maganize, November 2010
Article Date: 11-01-2010
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While the battle is not yet won, the California Air Resources Board has acknowledged its rule was flawed.
In a move that could have a significant impact on diesel regulations around the country, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently announced proposed changes to the state's off-road diesel emissions rule that promote equipment replacement rather than retrofits. The proposed changes came in response to data released by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) that showed the board's off-road rule is not needed to meet the diesel emissions targets the board set in 2007.
"In seeking to change both the method and the objectives of this rule, the board's staff is acknowledging that their original rule was as flawed as it was costly," said Mike Kennedy, the association's general counsel. "They have all but rejected the notion that forcing contractors to retrofit construction equipment is a viable strategy for reducing diesel emissions."
The board staff is now recommending a strategy of requiring contractors and other off-road diesel equipment users to more gradually replace aging construction equipment with newer, more efficient equipment. And while contractors will still receive credits for retrofitting equipment, the amended rule would not force contractors to install filters that do not cut emissions of nitrogen oxide and have raised significant safety and cost concerns.
Under the proposed amendment, emissions requirements would be delayed two years for all fleets, with simpler compliance options available for the smallest fleets. In addition, the low-use threshold would be increased from 100 to 150 hours annually. The annual requirement to clean up engines would be no more than 5 to 10 percent of a fleet's horsepower. Visit http://www.arb.ca.gov.msprog/ordiesel/meetings.htm to see the proposed changes to the rule.
CNH CEO Testifies Before House T&I Infrastructure Committee
On Sept. 29, 2010, Jim McCullough, CEO and president of CNH Construction and vice chair of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to report on the progress of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. McCullough pointed out that, although AEM members have started to see some impact from the highway bill and other stimulus spending, funding is far below the required needs. "We know that construction has lifted this country out of prior economic recessions. Now, we need to invest in what we know works to build both economic momentum and an infrastructure that will create long-term value for all of us."
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