Low-Emission Vehicle Program - LEV III

Submittal of Comments on the “Draft Technical Assessment Report for Midterm Evaluation of Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards and Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards for Model Years 2022-2025”

This page last reviewed July 27, 2016

Please submit comments to ARB on the “Draft Technical Assessment Report for Midterm Evaluation of Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards and Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards for Model Years 2022-2025” either electronically or by post mail as described below.

In order for comments to be most helpful to this ongoing Midterm Evaluation process, please submit comments by September 26, 2016.

PLEASE ENSURE ALL CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION IS CLEARLY MARKED AS SUCH TO ENSURE IT REMAINS PROTECTED.

For electronic submittal, email the information to 2016TAR@arb.ca.gov. Commenters are requested to include “Comments for Draft TAR 2016” in the subject line to facilitate identification. Comments containing confidential information should add “Confidential Information Enclosed” to the subject line.

For submittal in physical form (hard copy, digital media, etc.), mail the information to:

Mr. Mike McCarthy

Air Resources Board

9480 Telstar Avenue, Suite 4

El Monte, California 91731



Physical comments containing confidential information should indicate Attention: Confidential Information Enclosed” on the address label.



ADDITIONALLY, IF YOU WISH TO DESIGNATE ANY INFORMATION SUBMITTED AS CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION, PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:



ARB’s regulations in Title 17, California Code of Regulations (CCR), sections 91000 to 91022, and the California Public Records Act (Government Code § 6250 et seq.), address submission of public comments and confidential information. Information provided to the Air Resources Board (ARB) may be released (1) to the public upon request, except trade secrets which are not emissions data or other information which is exempt from disclosure or the disclosure of which is prohibited by law; and (2) to the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which protects trade secrets as provided in Section 114(c) of the Clean Air Act and amendments thereto (42 USC 7401 et seq.) and in federal regulation; and (3) to other public agencies provided that those agencies preserve the protections afforded to information which is identified as a trade secret, or otherwise exempt from disclosure by law (Health and Safety Code, § 39660, subd. (e)).

Trade secrets as defined in Government Code Section 6254.7 are not public records and therefore will not be released to the public. However, the California Public Records Act provides that air pollution emission data are always public records, even if the data comes within the definition of trade secrets. On the other hand, the information used in calculating emission information may be considered a trade secret.

If any company believes that any of the information it may provide is a trade secret or otherwise exempt from disclosure under any other provision of law, it must identify the confidential information as such at the time of submission to the ARB and must provide the name, address, and telephone number of the individual to be consulted, if the ARB receives a request for disclosure or seeks to disclose the data claimed to be confidential. The ARB may ask the company to provide documentation of its claim of trade secret or exemption at a later date. Data identified as confidential will not be disclosed unless the ARB determines, in accordance with the above referenced regulations, that the data do not qualify for a legal exemption from disclosure. The regulations establish substantial safeguards before any such disclosure.

If you have any questions or comments please contact Ms. Sarah Carter at sarah.carter@arb.ca.gov.

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