Financing options revised for TRU ATCM compliance

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has revised the Financing Options list on the transport refrigeration unit (TRU) compliance assistance document titled Funding Opportunities for TRU ATCM Compliance. The revised document is posted at the TRU website at www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/tru.htm. Look for this document under the “Compliance Assistance Contacts” heading.

The new Financing Options list includes information about the California Capital Access Program (CalCAP) that is implemented under the California Pollution Control Financing Authority. This is a small-business loan program.

See eligibility and how the program works at www.treasurer.ca.gov/cpcfa/calcap.asp.

A list of 54 participating lending institutions is at www.treasurer.ca.gov/cpcfa/calcap/institutions.pdf.

CalCAP forms can be accessed at www.treasurer.ca.gov/cpcfa/cal_cap.asp.

ARB’s Enforcement Division has started inspections statewide to enforce registration requirements of the TRU Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM). All California-based TRUs are now required to be registered in the ARB Equipment Registration (ARBER) database. The registration deadline was July 31, 2009.

There is no registration fee. If you missed that date, expedite submittals to avoid penalties. Any unregistered California-based TRUs found by enforcement staff will be issued citations, subject to a fine of up to $500 for first-time violators, and required to register within 30 days. If inspectors find a high noncompliance rate with a particular fleet, they will follow up with a fleetwide audit and check for compliance for all applicable ARB programs. These audits will also include accuracy checks on registration information submitted to the ARBER database.

TRU Advisory 08-06-R4 explains how to register a TRU. This includes what information is needed, where to find it, and how to submit information to ARB. TRU Advisories are at www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/tru/advisories.htm.

In January 2010, ARB Enforcement Division staff will start field inspections of the TRU “In-Use Performance Standards” to make certain they are compliant with applicable engine emissions standards through use of TRUs that are less than seven years old, new engine repowers, or engine exhaust retrofits. Violations of these “hardware” requirements will carry a fine of up to $1,000 for first-time violators. ARB strongly recommends that TRU owners take the necessary steps now to bring TRUs into compliance before the end of the year.

TRU Brochure #2 briefly explains the requirements and compliance dates: www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/tru/documents/tru_brochure2_7-31-09.pdf.

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