Last Friday, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved the State Implementation Plan Credit from Mobile Agricultural Equipment regulation (View CARB staff’s presentation). This regulation simply provides a mechanism that ensures that the incentive-funded mobile agricultural equipment projects that have been implemented using Carl Moyer Program Guidelines and administered by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District are eligible in meeting existing emissions reductions goals. The now creditable emissions reductions are estimated to meet the emission reduction target of 5 to 10 tons of NOx (oxides of nitrogen) per day by 2017.
CARB board members congratulated the agriculture community at the meeting for the significant work that has been done to reduce these emissions in the San Joaquin Valley. Over 2,900 pieces of equipment have been replaced since 2008. This achievement was made possible through the combined investment of $130 million in public dollars and $120 million in agricultural industry funding. CARB staff is also beginning work on the Tractor Rule which represents the second phase of reducing emissions from mobile agricultural equipment. WG staff will continue to work closely with other industry partners and CARB staff on the development of the Tractor Rule.
Please contact WG’s Matthew Allen at (916) 446-1435 if you have any questions or would like additional information.
Start Growing Today
Farming has never been more challenging, which is why Western Growers invests in fully committed advocates – your advocates – in Sacramento, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. Only Western Growers offers members so many business services, supported by more than 400 dedicated employees.