California State Nonroad Engine Pollution Control Standards; Large Spark-Ignition (LSI) Engines; Fleet Requirements for In-Use LSI Forklifts and Other Industrial Equipment; Opportunity for Public Hearing and Comment AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has notified EPA that it has amended its emission standards and certification and test procedures for large spark-ignition nonroad engines (``LSI Emission Standards''). CARB has also adopted in-use fleet average emission requirements for large- and medium-sized fleets (``LSI In-Use Fleet Requirements). California's LSI In-Use Fleet Require- ments are applicable to fleets comprised of four or more pieces of equipment powered by LSI engines, including forklifts, industrial tow tractors, sweepers/scrubbers, and airport ground support equipment. CARB requests that EPA find the amended LSI Emission Standards to be within the scope of a previously granted LSI authorization or, in the alternative, grant a new full authorization pursuant to Clean Air Act section 209(e). This notice announces that EPA has tent- atively scheduled a public hearing to consider California's LSI Emission Standards and LSI In-Use Fleet Requirements, and that EPA is now accepting written comment on the request. DATES: EPA has tentatively scheduled a public hearing concerning CARB's request on November 15, 2011, at 10 a.m. ET. EPA will hold a hearing only if any party notifies EPA by November 7, 2011, expressing interest in presenting the agency with oral testimony.
Archive for October, 2011
CARB notified EPA of amended standards, certifications & test procedures for large spark-ignition non road engines.Monday, October 31st, 2011
The purpose of this advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) is to request public comment on a proposed approach the EPA has developed to carry out the statutorily required periodic evaluation of the new source performance standards (NSPS) program. Consistent with Executive Order 13563, ‘‘Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,’’ issued on January 18, 2011, this proposed approach will provide a streamlined process to ensure that public and private resources are focused on the rules that provide the greatest public health protection and are most likely to warrant revision to include current technology and eliminate obsolete or unnecessary requirements. By demonstrating the continued efficacy of the standards, the agency will be able to fulfill its statutory requirement to review, and, if necessary, revise NSPS at a minimum of every 8 years. This ANPRM is part of the EPA’s effort to meet these statutory obligations. The agency is seeking comment on the overall approach to managing the NSPS program, in particular the criteria used to determine that no review is needed for a subset of NSPS.
DATES: Comments must be received on or before November 23, 2011.
October 3rd Release: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is approving California’s air quality plans for fine particles — known as PM2.5 — in the South Coast and San Joaquin Valley. These plans will reduce pollution to the level required by the health based 1997 PM2.5 standard by 2015.
Over the past 10 years, at the worst monitors, particulate matter has improved by 14% in the San Joaquin Valley and by 43% in the South Coast. “Worst monitors” are those that have the highest annual average PM2.5 concentration for a three year period in the air basin.
PM2.5 is made up of small particulate matter—1/30th the diameter of a human hair. Fine particle pollution can be emitted directly or formed secondarily in the atmosphere and can penetrate deep into the lungs and worsen conditions such as asthma and heart disease. Reducing exposure helps reduce asthma, cardiovascular disease, emergency room visits, cancer and premature death. According to a 2010 California Air Resources Board study, PM2.5 exposure leads to 9,200 premature deaths annually in CA.
Mobile sources of diesel, such as trucks, construction equipment and marine vessels, are the largest source of PM2.5 in California. Trucks and buses account for 40% of the total diesel emissions. The state has adopted aggressive rules to target diesel emissions including the In-Use Diesel Truck and Bus rules, the Drayage Truck Rules and the Ocean Going Vessels Clean Fuels rule. The truck and bus rules are the first of their kind throughout the nation and will prevent an estimated 3,500 deaths.
EPA is disapproving the plans’ contingency measures because they do not provide sufficient emissions reductions. EPA will continue to work with the state to resolve these remaining issues.
The South Coast and San Joaquin Valley suffer from some of the worst pollution in the nation, which is caused by myriad factors including adverse meteorology, ports activities and substantial pollution from trucks that carry produce and international imports to the rest of the nation.
The state is currently working on air quality plans to meet the more stringent 2006 PM2.5 standard. In addition, the state and local districts have launched grant and incentive programs to demonstrate and deploy near zero emitting technologies.
Today’s actions will be published in the Federal Register and will become effective 60 days from the date of publication. EPA’s Federal Register notices include detailed responses to all major comments on our proposed actions.
For more information on the South Coast and San Joaquin Air Quality Plans, please visit EPA’s web site at: http://www.epa.gov/region9/air/actions/ca.html