CARB Adopts Diesel Ports/Goods Movement Regs

Posted on December 9, 2005

California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) has adopted two measures that it says will “greatly reduce emissions from activities related to moving goods into and out of California.” The measures are aimed specifically at curbing emissions from port-based cargo-handling equipment and diesel engines used to produce electric power on ocean-going vessels.

CARB adopted two regulations to reduce emissions of diesel particulate matter (PM) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx), calling both rules are the first of their kind in the nation. The first controls emissions from mobile cargo handling equipment such as yard trucks and forklifts that operate at ports and intermodal rail yards. The regulation calls for the replacement or retrofit of existing engines with ones that use best available control technology (BACT), and will require, beginning January 1, 2007, that newly purchased, leased, or rented cargo handling equipment limit PM and NOx to very low levels.

In its second action, CARB adopted a regulation to reduce emissions of diesel PM, NOx, and sulfur oxides (SOx) from the use of auxiliary diesel engines and diesel-electric engines operated on ocean-going vessels located within California waters. Expected reductions here will be accomplished through the use of cleaner burning marine distillate fuels or equally effective emission controls.

Specific details on CARB’s latest diesel reduction efforts can be found at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/planning/gmerp/gmerp.htm

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