California Air Resources Board RRP
As a machinery and equipment appraiser working in the Central Valley of California, I appraise a fair amount of mobile diesel-powered agricultural field equipment: tractors, of course, but also harvesters, sprayers, shakers, sweepers, and on and on. As anyone with an interest in diesel equipment knows, over the last several years the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has been developing and phasing-in regulation that will (or might) alter the way that all businesses (including farmers) use certain diesel engines.
Be aware that some companies are advertising and attempting to sell devices that cannot be used to comply with Air Resources Board (ARB) diesel engine regulations. Only diesel particulate matter (PM) filters or other devices that have been verified by the ARB to meet rigorous emission reduction and durability demonstration requirements can be used to comply. Diesel PM filters that have been verified by the ARB are listed at http://www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/verdev/vt/cvt.htm. Be sure to check that any device you are considering is on this list. You may also choose to contact an authorized installer to learn more about verified PM filter retrofit options at http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/decsinstall/decsinstall.htm.
Heads up to those of you with diesel powered fleets — EPA’s National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program’s latest grant application process will close out on June 14. This funding opportunity is only available to specified applicants, but if your organization operates any of the qualified items and falls into one of the eligible entity categories, get yourself over to the EPA website for more information and an application.
Qualified Diesel Fleet Types
- Medium or heavy trucks
- Non-load engines or vehicles used in construction, cargo handling, agriculture, mining, or energy production, including stationary generators and pumps
I got an email from the folks over at the California Air Resources Board & thought I’d just pass it along here:
The Air Resources Board staff has posted a Staff Report for the
proposed December 2011 funding awards for the Proposition 1B:
Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program. The Board hearing to
consider these funding awards will be held on December 16, 2011.
Please see the Program website at http://www.arb.ca.gov/gmbond
for more information.
The $1 billion Proposition 1B: Goods Movement Emission Reduction
Program is a partnership between the State Air Resources Board
and local agencies (like air districts and seaports) to quickly
reduce air pollution emissions and health risk from freight
movement along California’s trade corridors.
The Air Resources Board’s (ARB) first diesel filter deadline is January 2012, and as a recent release states, “Owners of heavy diesel trucks [in California] … need to act now in order to comply with the Truck & Bus regulation” since the process of ordering and installing the filters can take a few months.
This first deadline involves fleet vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) greater than 26,000 pounds. Lighter diesel trucks (those with GVWR of 14,001 to 26,000 pounds) will have no compliance requirements until 2015.
SECAT (Sacramento Emergency Clean Air and Transportation Grant Program) had a banner year in 2010, closing out the application process early due to “overwhelming response” and ending its first decade with over $75 million already allocated to help replace on-road heavy-duty diesel vehicles in the Sacramento area with lower emission vehicles.
Created by California Assembly Bill 2511 to help the Sacramento region meet its air quality attainment commitments under the State Implementation Plan (SIP), SECAT is a partnership between Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD) and the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) that provides grant funds to replace on-road heavy-duty diesel vehicles that have 2002 or older engines. Participants in the program are refunded for either replacing the entire vehicle, or in some cases, the engine alone. The outcome, in either case, results in cleaner emission vehicles on Sacramento area streets and highways.
An equipment appraiser has multiple and on-going opportunities to appraise diesel equipment and machinery. It’s a rare appraisal, in fact, that does not include some variety of diesel-powered equipment, and the current CARB (California Air Resources Board) Diesel Risk Reduction Plan includes just about all of them.
Because I regularly write diesel equipment appraisal reports, I’ve learned quite a bit about CARB regs and have considered their on-going influence on diesel appraisals. I put my research to work in an overview article on Diesel RRP, which has been published in the current edition of the MTS Journal of the International Machinery & Technical Specialties Committee of the American Society of Appraisers. This journal is by subscription only, so I’ve made the article available as a pdf on the NorCalValuation website just for you.