May 28, 1999

Dear Sir or Madam:

Workshop Proposed Portable Fuel Container Spillage Control Regulations

The California Air Resources Board staff will conduct a workshop on June 28, 1999 to discuss the proposed regulatory language for the Portable Fuel Container Spillage Control Measure (Off-Road Refueling Spillage Control Regulation). The proposed control measure would reduce hydrocarbon emissions from portable fuel containers used to refuel off-road equipment by replacing the current style of portable containers with a spill-proof container system. These spill-proof container systems would eliminate overfilling spillage and would substantially mitigate container transport and storage, container diurnal, and container permeation emissions. The Air Resources Board at a public hearing has tentatively scheduled this control measure for consideration in September 1999. We will send notification of that public hearing at least forty-five days before the hearing date.

As part of the public review process we have scheduled this workshop to solicit your comments and suggestions on the enclosed Proposed Portable Fuel Container Spillage Control Regulations. The proposed regulations do not specify a permeation standard since we have not completed our permeation testing. Based on the results of our June permeation test, we may propose a permeation standard at the June 28, 1999 workshop. In addition we are proposing four test methods (including one for determining permeation) used to determine compliance with the performance standards. The workshop is scheduled as follows:

  June 28, 1999
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Air Resources Board
Annex 4 Auditorium
9528 Telstar Avenue
El Monte, California

The staff encourages stakeholders and interested parties to contact staff with any comments or questions. Written comments should be submitted to Dean Bloudoff at the address listed on the letterhead. Comments can be submitted to Mr. Bloudoff by e-mail at or by FAX (FAX Number (916) 327-8217). We must have your written comments or suggestions by July 9, 1999 in order for us to consider them prior to release of the forty-five day public hearing package.

This facility is accessible to persons with disabilities. If accommodation is needed, please contact Elizabeth Mongar at (916) 263-1630 by June 15, 1999.

Persons with hearing or speech impairments can contact us by using our Telephone Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (916) 324-9531, or (800) 700-8326 for TDD calls from outside the Sacramento area.

We appreciate your participation in our process. To ensure adequate seating, please call Elizabeth Mongar at (916) 263-1630 by no later than June 21, 1999, if you are planning to attend. If you have questions or need clarifications, please call Dean Bloudoff at (916) 263-2070.


George Lew, Chief
Engineering and Laboratory Branch
Monitoring and Laboratory Division


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