So much for that "Good Faith" compliance extension. California fleets of 4 or more vehicles who had applied for Proposition 1B grants are now being informed that taking advantage of the rule flexibility granted by the Air Resources Board in November has made them ineligible to receive Proposition 1B grants, potentially jeopardizing millions of dollars in incentive funding.
ARB Staff has, to date, not budged from this position despite having been informed:
2) Their Advisory and press release were released a whole month after the initial October 10th grant application deadline. Had this been the ARB's intent all along, there is no reason they could not have advised grant applicants in plain English that using the flexibility in the Advisory would result in a loss of Prop 1B grants.
This latest move by the ARB is, to be blunt, puzzling. While, on one hand, the ARB is mulling providing even more amendments to the Truck and Bus Rule to relieve financial pressure on fleets subject to the Truck and Bus Rule, this decision stands to throw the compliance plans of hundreds of fleets of all sizes into disarray and chaos.
I’ll cut red tape to help states get those factories built and put folks to work, and this Congress can help by putting people to work building fueling stations that shift more cars and trucks from foreign oil to American natural gas. - President Obama, State of the Union 1/28/14
The California Air Resources Board officially kicked off work on its Sustainable Freight Strategy yesterday. Some highlights from their presentation:
According to the released drafts of the Governor's Budget, $200 million of a total estimated $850 million in Cap and Trade Auction Revenue will be dedicated towards low carbon transportation incentives. More details to come.
Buoyed by a $3 million Federal grant, FedEx, Smith Electric Vehicles, and Plug Power are adding hydrogen-powered range extenders to 20 electric delivery vans for real world testing.
The hydrogen fuel cell range extenders will about double the driving range of the Smith Electric Vehicles delivery vans, which can travel about 80 miles between charges. That’s good enough for extremely local delivery, but many routes have drivers covering 150 miles or more on a regular delivery route. While electric vehicles are capable of covering such distances, the costs and recharging times go up accordingly. FedEx has tried out a wide range of electric vehicles, but so far none can cover a full day’s work.
A reminder that the deadline to report to CARB for the Truck and Bus Rule is January 31st. A sample of the types of information which should be reported:
The link to report is here.
CTA Storm Water Monitoring Group members are urged to attend this year’s Storm Water Training class. This class is open to all current monitoring group members at no cost. Attending CTAMG training is not only helpful to people who are new to the program, it is an important Best Management Practice that helps ensure proper execution of your storm water monitoring plan. These training courses also show your commitment to your storm water program to relevant state and regional agencies.
The first part of the session (2-3 hours) will be a general compliance overview, similar to the format we have used in years past. The last part of the session will be reserved for questions and answers. A status update on the draft storm water permit for industrial operations will be provided.
Sessions will be held in Sacramento on Friday, January 17th, 2014 and in Ontario on Friday, February 7th, 2014. Two sessions will be offered each day in Ontario and Sacramento, one in the morning from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and one in the afternoon from 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Sign up for the one that best fits your schedule. The morning classes tend to fill up quickly, so register early; space is limited and reservations are on a first come first served basis. No more than two persons, per facility, per session will be permitted to register.
Please indicate which persons will be attending each training session and email the completed form to NES at: email@example.com or fax it to: (916) 353-2375. Please do not show up at any of these seminars without registering with NES. A confirmation of enrollment will be sent upon receipt of registration form
TIMES: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
January 17, 2014 (Friday)
California Trucking Association
4148 E. Commerce Way
Sacramento, CA 95834
February 7, 2014 (Friday)
Jack Jones Trucking
1090 E. Bellmont Street
Ontario, CA 91761
If you would like more information before registering, please contact Gabbi Gannon by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (916) 353-2360.
|Deadline to Order Equipment in Event of Manufacturer Delay (TRU Retrofit only)|
Truck and Bus
Small Fleets - 1 truck must meet PM BACT
Phase-In - 90% must meet PM BACT
BACT - 1996-2006 must meet PM BACT
Must be 2007+ Engine
2006s must meet ULETRU
Truck and Bus
"Good Faith Compliance Extension" Deadline