ARB Approves Funding Plan for Low-carbon, Zero-emission Vehicles; Improves ‘Car Scrap’ Program
SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board took two separate actions on June 26, 2014 that combined will continue to support the development and deployment of advanced vehicle technologies, provide incentives for clean-cars and improve existing vehicle retirement and replacement programs.
The two separate actions will improve air quality and fight climate change while providing significant benefits to both low-income consumers and Californians who live in communities that are disproportionately impacted by air pollution.
“Action taken by the Board today will provide $100 million to directly benefit disadvantaged communities,” Air Resources Board Chairman Mary D. Nichols said. “The funding plan and ARB’s amended ‘car scrap’ program together provide emission reductions for all Californians and financial incentives for those who need it the most.”
The funding plan includes increased investments in cleaning up emissions from freight and goods transport, and continued investments in zero-emission vehicle technologies. New pilot projects deploy zero-emission heavy-duty trucks and buses and advanced technology demonstration projects in the freight sector.
The Air Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) supports the development and commercialization of advanced technologies that are necessary to meet California’s long-term air quality and climate goals. The funding plan for fiscal year 2014-15 totals $222 million, including $200 million from the State’s share of auction proceeds under ARB’s cap-and-trade program for low-carbon transportation projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Legislation signed into law in 2012 by Governor Jerry Brown requires a portion of proceeds from ARB’s cap-and-trade program to be invested in disadvantaged communities.
Highlights of the plan include:
• $116 million to support the highly successful Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP), which offers rebates directly to consumers who purchase zero-emission and near-zero-emission passenger cars.
• Fuel-cell electric vehicles, which run on hydrogen, are now eligible for $5,000 per vehicle.
• $9 million for pilot programs, such as car sharing, to help consumers in disadvantaged communities access new clean-vehicle technologies, and to provide emissions benefits where they are most needed.
Low Carbon Trucks and Buses
• $85 million with a focus on freight for advanced technology heavy-duty vehicle and equipment deployments and demonstrations in disadvantaged communities.
• $10 million to $15 million in incentives for the purchase of heavy-duty hybrid and electric vehicles, such as delivery trucks.
• $20 million to $25 million for large-scale pilot projects to provide robust demonstrations of zero-emission technologies in the freight and transit sectors.
• $50 million for advanced technology freight demonstration projects, including zero-emission drayage trucks (that service ports).
Truck Loan Assistance Program
• $10 million for continued funding of the Truck Loan Assistance Program, which helps smaller truck fleets that have difficulty obtaining loans to upgrade their trucks. It provides enhanced credit assurance so small fleets can access loans for trucks with clean-diesel technologies.
• Separately, the Board adopted amendments to improve its Enhanced Fleet Modernization Program (EFMP), or ‘car scrap,’ program. The EFMP’s successful retirement-only component incentivizes California motorists to voluntarily retire older, higher polluting vehicles and light- and medium-duty trucks.
Changes to the retirement-only portion of the program include:
• Limiting the program to low-income residents, meeting the directive of SB 459 that EFMP focus on low-income participants.
• Each vehicle to be scrapped must complete a Smog Check test to demonstrate (pass or fail) that it is road worthy and therefore retiring it will provide real air quality benefits.
• A new air district administered retire-and-replace pilot program, offered in the South Coast and San Joaquin air basins, is set to launch later this year.
• The program allows air districts the flexibility to address regional needs by piloting various approaches to the program.
Incentives will be offered on a sliding scale from as high as $4,500 toward the purchase of a used hybrid vehicle or other vehicle that gets at least 35 miles per gallon or other new or used plug-in hybrid. Plus, enhanced incentives, approved as part of the annual AQIP funding plan could provide additional financial assistance for the purchase of a replacement vehicle.
More information about EFMP can be found at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/aqip/efmp/efmp.htm
2014-2015 Proposed Operating Budget
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN the Board of Directors of the Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District (District) has set a public hearing to be held July 31, 2014, 1:00 pm at Golden Hills Community Services District, 21415 Reeves, Tehachapi, CA for the purpose of reviewing the proposed Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Budget and to provide the public an opportunity to comment.
Interested persons may appear at the hearing and make comments. Written comments are invited for consideration and will be received until the close of business on July 30, 2014. Such written comments may be submitted to Glen E. Stephens, APCO at 2700 M St, Ste 302, Bakersfield, CA 93301 (661) 862-5250.
A the proposed budget can be downloaded by clicking below and available for review at the District’s Administrative Office located at: 2700 M St, Ste 302, Bakersfield, CA.
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June Issue of Desert Breeze Available
The June issue of the District's quarterly news letter the Desert Breeze is now available. Click Here to download a copy. Hard copies are mailed to subscribers and made available at the District office. Future issues can be accessed on this website on the Desert Breeze page.
A public hearing was held on March 13, 2014, 1:00pm at Rosamond Community Services District, 3179 35TH Street West, Rosamond, CA. At the hearing the District Governing Board adopted the following Rules:
Rule 410.4 - Metal, Plastic, and Pleasure Craft Parts and Products Coating Operations - Final Staff Report
Rule 410.4A - Motor Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Refinishing Operations - Final Staff Report
Rule 410.8 - Aerospace Assembly and Coating Operations - Final Staff Report
Rule 410.9 - Wood Products Surface Coating Operations - Final Staff Report
Rule 432 - Polyester Resin Operations - Final Staff Report
A public workshop was held November 6, 2013. The California Air Resources Board (ARB) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also reviewed the proposals. All comments were considered and addressed in the staff report of each Rule. A final staff report will be available soon.
The adopted rules have been submitted through ARB to EPA for incorporation as part of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). This action will constitute a SIP revision.
Copies of the Final Staff Reports can be downloaded from the links above and also available for review at the District Administrative Office located at 2700 M St, Ste 302, Bakersfield, CA 93301.
Open Burn Season Closed 4/14/2014
The KC Fire Department announced the close of open burning season in Eastern Kern as of today, April 14, 2014.
2014 DMV Grant Approved Projects
The District held its 2014 DMV Grant Committee meeting on March 26, 2014 at the Mojave Veteran’s Center in Mojave, Ca. At this meeting 13 projects were selected for funding along with 3 standby projects. The Grant Committee’s list was approved by the District Board of Directors at their regular May 2014 Board meeting.
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Advisory for Aboveground Gasoline Storage Tanks (AST)
In November 2014, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) will consider amendments to Enhanced Vapor Recovery (EVR) requirements for aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) storing gasoline, with the goal of improving cost effectiveness of the regulation while preserving its air quality benefits. This advisory describes circumstances in which AST owners and operators may be able to avoid unnecessary expenses when it is not cost-effective to upgrade vapor recovery equipment on existing ASTs.
Owners/operators are encouraged to contact the District to determine applicable requirements for their AST, as current district rules may require the use of SLC, Phase I, and/or Phase II systems on ASTs.
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How Smoke Can Effect Your Health
Smoke is made up of a complex mixture of gases and fine particles produced when wood and other organic matter burns. The biggest health threat from smoke comes from fine particles. These microscopic particles can get into your eyes and respiratory system, where they can cause health problems such as burning eyes, runny nose, and illnesses such as bronchitis. Fine particles also can aggravate chronic heart and lung diseases – and even are linked to premature deaths in people with these conditions.
People with asthma, heart disease, lung disease, older adults, and children are at greater risk of being affected by smoke. If you are healthy, you're usually not at a major risk from smoke but it's still a good idea to avoid breathing smoke if you can help it. It's important to limit your exposure to smoke, especially if you may be susceptible.
How to tell if smoke is affecting you:
Smoke can irritate the eyes and airways, causing coughing, a scratchy throat, irritated sinuses, headaches, stinging eyes or a runny nose. If you have heart or lung disease, smoke might make your symptoms worse. People with heart disease might experience chest pain, palpitations, shortness of breath, or fatigue. People with lung disease may not be able to breathe as deeply or as vigorously as usual, and they may experience symptoms such as coughing, phlegm, chest discomfort, wheezing and shortness of breath. When smoke levels are high enough, even healthy people may experience some of these symptoms.
Watch local news and weather stations, pay attention to health warning and air quality reports, you can also use the EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI). Use common sense; if it looks smoky outside, it's probably not a good time to mow the lawn, go for a run, or let children play outside.
If your advised to stay indoors take steps to keep indoor air as clean as possible. Keep windows and doors closed. Run an air conditioner if needed but make the fresh air intake is closed and the filter is clean. Do not use a swamp cooler as it will pull in lots of smoke from outside. If your house becomes to hot to be comfortable seek alternative shelter. If it is cool outside try to avoid anything that produces heat from burning such as a fireplace, gas logs, or a gas stove.
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Heavy-duty Off-Road Vehicle Rule Enforcement
On September 13, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted authorization to the California Air Resources Board (ARB) to enforce all provisions of the In-Use Off-Road Diesel Vehicle Regulation (Off-Road Regulation).
ARB has been enforcing the reporting, labeling, sales disclosure, and idle limitation requirements. In order to provide fleets adequate time to ensure compliance, ARB will phase in enforcement of various elements of the rule beginning January 1, 2014.
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Updated Table for EVR Compliance Dates for ASTs
The existing AST EVR Timeline has been replaced with Enhanced Vapor Recovery Compliance Dates for Aboveground Storage Tanks table. The table now reflects the extension of the effective and operative dates for EVR Phase II vapor recovery and SD system for GDFS with ASTs.
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