Release 10-13
February 11, 2010

    Leo Kay
916-849-9843 cell

ARB gives relief to off-road construction equipment owners

SACRAMENTO: Air Resources Board Executive Officer James N. Goldstene issued the following statement today:

 “Over the last several years, the construction industry has felt the sting of the faltering economy with reduced activity and idled off-road equipment.  This has made it difficult for contractors to pay for required clean-air upgrades to their fleets.  Along with this reduced construction activity has been a corresponding reduction in construction emissions.

“Because of this, ahead of a March 1, 2010, compliance deadline, ARB will issue an enforcement advisory to notify all stakeholders affected by the off-road equipment regulation that effective immediately, and until further notice, no enforcement action will be taken for noncompliance.  In addition, on March 11 an Executive Officer hearing will be held where stakeholders may testify on the question of whether the off-road regulations should be further modified to account for the down economy and subsequent emissions reductions.  That information will be included in an already-scheduled update to the full Board at its April meeting.

“ARB will continue to evaluate the impact of the recession on emissions from all sources and make adjustments to our regulations as needed.  However, the health of all Californians requires that all industries continue to use the cleanest, most efficient equipment possible.  Clean air is not a luxury – it is a right.  We need to continue to work toward goals that save us all money in healthcare costs, lost work and school days, and contribute to our quality of life.”

The Air Resources Board is a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency.  ARB’s mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy.  The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.