CARB Reviewing 2016 Enforcement Report This Week

The report will include highlights of 2016 enforcement activities in key programs including truck and bus requirements, vehicle certification and aftermarket parts, consumer products, and ocean-going vessels. Staff also will discuss the division's goals for 2017 and beyond.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB), part of the state's Environmental Protection Agency, will present the 2016 Haagen-Smit Clean Air Awards during their June 22 meeting and also are scheduled to hear the Enforcement Division's 2016 Annual Report.

The Haagen-Smit Clean Air Awards are presented annually to esteemed persons in the air quality and climate change community: scientists, legislators, professors, activists, business leaders, and others who have made significant contributions toward improving air quality, public health, and the public's understanding of climate change issues.

The board's agenda includes the Enforcement Division report, which will include highlights of 2016 enforcement activities in key programs including truck and bus requirements, vehicle certification and aftermarket parts, consumer products, ocean-going vessels, and other programs, as well as staff discussion of recent activities in the portable equipment registration program and efforts to enhance enforcement in disadvantaged communities. Staff also will discuss the division's goals for 2017 and beyond.

Also on the agenda is a public meeting to hear informational updates on the Enhanced Fleet Modernization Program and Plus-up Car Scrap and Replace Programs, as well as the Red Sticker Off-Highway Recreational Vehicle Program, which was adopted by the board in 1998 in response to industry's concerns over the availability of off-highway recreational vehicles capable of meeting the board's new exhaust emissions standards. The Red Sticker program allows manufacturers to certify vehicles as emissions non-compliant, relying on limited usage restrictions to provide needed emissions reductions during the ozone season. In 2013, the board considered evaporative emissions standards for off-highway recreational vehicles that would have included Red Sticker vehicles. Red Sticker vehicles were ultimately excluded from the regulation to allow staff additional time to develop an assessment of the program and a holistic solution to reduce both exhaust and evaporative emissions from Red Sticker vehicles.

A final public meeting item is a 2017 progress report on implementation of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) program. The report will include discussion of progress on achieving LCFS targets and ultra-low carbon fuel availability to achieve the standards.

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