Goods Movement Enforcement Program

This page last reviewed February 24, 2012

The Goods Movement Enforcement Program is an important element of a new partnership between ARB, transportation carriers, and federal and local agencies. The purpose of ARB activities at ports, terminals, and railyards is to quickly reduce air pollution emissions which create a health risk from freight movement along California's trade corridors. On this web page you will find a brief summary of each enforcement initiative as well as information regarding where to find additional resources and contacts for answers to your questions concerning enforcement issues.

ARB/Railroad Statewide Agreement

The Air Resources Board has entered into a pollution reduction agreement with Union Pacific Railroad (UP) and Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company (BNSF) known as the ARB/Railroad Statewide Agreement (Agreement). When fully implemented, the Agreement is expected to achieve a 20 percent reduction in locomotive diesel particulate matter emissions near rail yards. The railroads have committed to implementing numerous actions to reduce pollutant emissions from rail operations throughout the state. Many local communities will benefit from this agreement.

The Agreement involves an ongoing enforcement program, coordination with railroad management, community outreach, and participation in public hearings. ARB inspects locomotives throughout California to ensure they do not idle excessively or emit excessive visible smoke.

For questions regarding enforcement of this program, please email Rebecca Geyer or telephone (916) 445-1461. For more information about the Agreement and issues at railyards, please visit the ARB's Rail Yard Emission Reduction web page.

Ocean-Going Vessel Inspections

The Air Resources Board is responsible for inspecting incinerator operations on ocean going vessels, including cruise ships and commercial transports. Originally, this regulation (CCR Title 17 Section 93119) applied only to cruise ships. In 2007, the regulation was expanded to cover additional types of ocean going vessels.

ARB routinely conducts inspections to verify that incinerators are not operating while in port and to ensure that no garbage is burned within three nautical miles of the California coastline (HSC 39630-39632). Beginning in 2009, incinerator inspections will be conducted in conjunction with main and auxiliary engine inspections. An advisory summarizing the regulation for onboard incineration on cruise ships and oceangoing ships is available at: Regulatory Advisory.

ARB is also conducting inspections of main and auxiliary engine fuel onboard ocean going vessels. Samples of fuel obtained by inspectors will be analyzed to verify compliance with fuel specifications for marine gas oil (MGO) and marine diesel oil (MDO) consumed while in port or traveling within "Regulated California Waters". The goal is to reduce diesel particulate matter (PM), oxides of nitrogen (NOx), and sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions from commercial marine vessels.

For questions regarding enforcement of this program and upcoming changes, please email Alex Barber or telephone (626) 350-6414. For more information about regulations pertaining to ocean-going vessels, please visit ARB's Port's Activities web page.

Marine Low-Sulfur Fuel & Commercial Harbor Craft

The regulations governing diesel fuel were recently expanded to include the enforcement of harbor craft. ARB inspectors collect samples of diesel fuel and examine records at marina fueling docks throughout California, including coastal and inland waterways. The samples are then analyzed by ARB laboratory personnel.

In the near future, ARB will also begin enforcing the requirements of the Commercial Harbor Craft Regulation (CCR Title 13, Section 2299.5). The following vessel types are subject to the requirements of the regulation: crew and supply boats, charter fishing vessels, commercial fishing vessels, ferry/excursion vessels, pilot vessels, towboats or push boats, tug boats, and work boats.

For questions regarding enforcement of this program, please email Tim Gergen or telephone (916) 445-0292. For more information about about harbor craft regulations, please visit the ARB's Commercial Harbor Craft Regulatory Activities web page.