Compliance Issue Raised on California Reefers

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved the Airborne Toxic Control Measure for Diesel-Fueled Transport Refrigeration Units in February 2004, and some critical reporting thresholds are approaching for the transport and warehousing industries.

The California rules take a phased approach to reduce diesel particulate emissions over 15 years. Facilities where transportation refrigeration units (TRUs) operate or with 20 or more loading dock doors servicing refrigerated areas could be subject to the rules. One reporting deadline that applies to large facilities set for January 31, 2006 has passed. The second reporting provision, says an IWLA report, requires operators of TRUs subject to the regulation to submit an initial report to CARB by January 31, 2009 providing information about the TRUs operated in California. Updates will have to be provided as TRUs are purchased or sold.As part of a compliance provision, California-based TRUs will need an identification number. For TRUs based out of state but that operate in California, the use of ID numbers is voluntary. However, points out IWLA, without the coding system ID in place, an inspector would have to open the TRU compartment to verify that unit contains a complying engine or retrofit system. Applications for identification numbers are required by January 31, 2009.

Failure to complete the initial facilities report can carry a financial penalty of up to $1,000 per day. The penalty builds as days out of compliance add up. CARB is searching for facilities that have failed to comply with the 2006 facilities report deadline, says IWLA.

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