California Air and Climate Vol 19: New Indirect Source Rule for Southern California Warehouses; CARB adopts Clean Miles standard for carpooling companies; BAAQMD Finds Tier 4 Diesel Engines To Be Best Control Technology Available For Emergency Applications | Brand Downey LLP
South Coast Air Quality Management District adopts indirect source rule for warehouses
Earlier this month, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) adopted Rule 2305 or the Warehouse Indirect Source Rule (WISR), which requires greater or equal warehouses. to 100,000 square feet (interior floor space in one building) reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and diesel particulate matter (PM). The SCAQMD has jurisdiction over large areas of Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. According to the SCAQMD, about half of the air pollutants that contribute to smog in Southern California come from the movement of goods, including heavy trucks heading to warehouses. In addition, air pollutant sources associated with warehouses account for almost as many NOx emissions as all refineries, power plants and other stationary sources combined. Under the WISR, warehouses must earn a specified number of ‘points’ each year through the implementation of various measures, including, but not limited to, the acquisition and use of near zero emission trucks. and / or zero emissions, zero emission cargo handling equipment, and the use of solar panels to help reduce NOx and particulate emissions. Warehouses subject to WISR can also comply by paying a mitigation fee that will be used to incentivize the purchase and use of cleaner trucks and / or loading or refueling facilities in neighboring communities. The warehouses will begin to gradually integrate the WISR program over the next three years (starting first with the large distribution warehouses). For more information on the SCAQMD WISR, please click here.
CARB adopts Clean Miles standard for ridesharing companies
On May 20, 2021, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) passed its Clean Miles standard that will require ridesharing companies, such as Uber and Lyft, to ensure that 90% of the miles their vehicles travel will be fully electric by now. 2030. Ride- Transportation companies accounted for 1.2 percent of the kilometers traveled by light vehicles in California in 2018. On average, ridesharing vehicles have lower CO2 emission rates than other cars in the city. ‘State, because more than a third of the kilometers traveled by carpooling vehicles traveled are without passengers (waiting for a passenger or traveling to pick up a passenger), the CO2 emission rates per passenger-mile traveled are clearly higher than other cars. The standard will also require ridesharing companies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by increasing electric kilometers beyond 90%, reducing kilometers traveled without a passenger, grouping passengers or earning credits by. connecting to public transport and financing cycling and pedestrian infrastructure. Rideshare companies are due to submit their first compliance plans in 2022 and meet the first targets in 2023. More information is available here.
BAAQMD Finds Tier 4 Diesel Engines To Be The Best Control Technology Available For Emergency Applications
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) recently hosted a workshop to announce its finding that diesel engines meeting EPA Tier 4 emission standards are the Best Available Control Technology (BACT) for rescue operations in several types of facilities. Under the BAAQMD New Sources Review (Regulation 2, Rule 2), new or modified sources likely to emit more than 10 pounds per day of any pollutant must install the BACT. The BAAQMD requires that the BACT be more stringent than what is achieved in practice for one type of source or what is technologically feasible and cost effective. Taking this BACT determination, BAAQMD cites emergency standby motors in facilities, communications tower, Chase Center, sewage treatment plant, and data center as the types of sources where level 4 is achieved. In practice. More information is available here.