CARB: California clean idle may be short lived

For months, engine manufacturers worked to develop a heavy-duty diesel truck engine to enable drivers to idle in California and travel to other states without having engine control software that would shut the engine down after five motionless minutes.

Model ’08 truck engines that emitted 30 grams of NOx per hour of idling were considered “clean idle” by California standards, as long as other emissions didn’t increase as a result. The engine makers preferred building one version of each truck engine eligible to drive in all 50 states rather than engines certified especially for California.

California is now reconsidering allowing any idling, even for engines with 30 grams or less of NOx, employees of the California Air Resources Board announced during a recent meeting.

A CARB spokeswoman confirmed the agency’s consideration of banning all idling.

“Nothing has been formalized, but it’s an idea we expect to consider at some point in the future,” CARB Spokeswoman Karen Caesar told Land Line in an e-mail.

Most currently enforced truck emission regulations in California were enacted before the state approved AB32 in 2006. The law addresses global warming, and gave CARB power to aggressively mandate reductions in greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide in order to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020.

The news stunned engine manufacturers, according to Joe Suchecki, a spokesman with the Engine Manufacturers Association. Engine makers have been working with CARB to meet the new standard and spent much time and money on research and development for their own versions of the “California clean idle” engine.

“That’s a lot of stranded costs manufacturers would lose,” Suchecki told Land Line. “Manufacturers in good faith developed that kind of engine and we certainly would not want to see them take that option away at this point in time.”

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gearjammer

jammer
its kinda laughable, I think about the idiots that have put down a boycott of California and the way they think everything is just fine. I have written on several sites about how we have to make a stand now or it is going to get worse well folks guess what, California got away with it and didn't let any grass grow under their feet did they??
And for you it can't be done crowd you better start thinking about how to do it because if you think the are done now you are wrong look what else they are doing here, www.landlinemag.com/todays_news/Daily/2008/Feb08/020408/020808-01.htm
and www.landlinemag.com/todays_news/Daily/2008/Feb08/020408/020808-07.htm,

I wonder what they will come up with next week,should be interesting!
I feel an I told you so coming on:clap::clap:
 

Bonkers

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This is just crazy. All the work these manufacturers go through to come into compliance with the evil California empire, and now they want to change the rules again? This is crazy.
 

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