State of California AIR RESOURCES BOARD State Office Building 455 Golden Gate Avenue, Room 1194 San Francisco, CA November 21, 1972 9:30 a.m. AGENDA 1. Approval of Minutes of November 8, 1972 Meeting. 2. Public Hearing Concerning Proposed Changes to Assembly-Line Test Procedures. 3. Adoption of Installation Schedule for Exhaust Control Devices for 1966-70 Model Year Vehicles. 4. Public Hearing Confirming Emergency Regulation Deferring NOx Control Devices Beyond February, 1973. 5. Report of ARB Implementation Plans and Compliance Committee on Non-Conformity with Assembly-Line Test Procedures. 6. Investigation of Installations of the General Motors' Used Car Device. 7. Adak Products Inc., Appeal of Denial of Exemption from prohibitions of Section 27156 of the Vehicle Code. 8. Evaluation of Short-Term Vehicle Emissions Controls and Control Strategy for South Coast Air Basin. 9. Summary of Vacuum Spark Advance Disconnect Studies - Options for Board Consideration. 10. Consideration of Proposed Legislation to Implement Recommendations of Governor's Task Force on Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance. 11. Consideration of Petition by Stop Smog Committee for ARB Investigation of Bay Area Air Pollution Control District's Rule on Upsets and Breakdown. 12. Discussion of Hearing of State Water Resources Control Board Regarding Construction of Waste Water Treatment Facilities in Areas where Air Quality Standards are Exceeded. 13. Other Business a. ARB Meetings for 1973 b. Report on Discussion with Attorney General Regarding Fossil Fuel Power Plants c. Report on NOx from Power Plant Peaking Units 14. Remarks from the Audience - End of Morning and Afternoon Sessions. ITEM Proposed Revisions to Assembly-Line Test Procedures. RECOMMENDATION Adopt Resolution 71-104D. SUMMARY While reviewing the 1972 model year quarterly reports, certain deficiencies were noted in the current assembly-line test procedures. The revisions, as presented to the Air Resources Board at its October 25, 1972 meeting, were intended to correct these deficiencies. Upon reviewing portions of the first quarterly reports received for 1973 model year vehicles, it was found necessary to have additional changes made to those presented at the October 25, 1972 Board meeting. These additional changes are double underlined in the proposed procedures. A public hearing is scheduled for today's meeting. A copy of the Hearing Notice and Proposed Assembly-Line Test procedures are attached. ITEM Public hearing on regulation deferring installation of 1966-1970 NOx devices. RECOMMENDATION Adopt Resolution 72-111A, unless 72-111B is adopted and as adopted amends Section 2006 Title 13 (see agenda item on NOx device installation schedule). DISCUSSION On September 27, 1972, the Board adopted Resolution 72-111 (attached), while added Section 2006 to Title 13, California Administrative Code, deferring for at least one year the requirements that certificates of compliance for oxides of nitrogen devices be required upon renewal of registration for the year 1973. This regulation was adopted as an emergency without a thirty day notice, and under the law a public hearing must be held within 120 days to confirm the action taken. Resolution 72-111A will meet this legal requirement. However, if Resolution 72-111B, which would establish the NOx device installation schedule, is adopted as proposed, Section 2006 would be amended, and no action would be required on Resolution 72-111A. AGENDA ITEM 5 TO BE PRESENTED AT BOARD MEETING. ITEM Investigation of Allegations of Improper Installations of General Motors' Used Car Device. RECOMMENDATION ARB pursue the deficiency with the Departments of Consumer Affairs and Motor Vehicles and with General Motors. SUMMARY The attached report presents the status of the staff's investigation of improper installation of General Motors Used Car Devices on 1955-1965 model year vehicles. The preliminary findings support the claims of improper installations. ITEM Appeal of Staff Action Concerning Denial of Adaks' Request for Exemption from the Prohibitions of Vehicle Code Section 27156. SUMMARY Adaks Products, Inc. filed an application for approval of the sale of a device to be installed on vehicles for the purpose of saving gasoline. This in effect constituted a request for exemption from the prohibitions of Vehicle Code Section 27156. The Executive Officer on the recommendation of the staff denied Adaks' request. The staff's recommendation was based on an opinion that the device was not in compliance with that part of Vehicle Code Section 27156 which states: "No person shall sell, offer for sale, or advertise any device, apparatus, or mechanism intended for use with, or as part of, any required motor vehicle pollution control device or system which alters or modifies the original design or performance of any such motor vehicle pollution control device or system." The staff's analysis is included in the attached report. ITEM Evaluation of short-term vehicle emission control measures for the South Coast Air Basin. SUMMARY The "State of California Implementation Plan for Achieving and Maintaining the National Ambient Air Quality Standards", which was adopted by the Board in January of this year, included a statewide strategy for the control of emissions from motor vehicles. this strategy included a number of measures designed to reduce motor vehicle generated emissions. Some of these measures were a part of the State's current motor vehicle emission control program. Other measures in this strategy, although they showed definite potential for further emission reductions, were to receive further study. Since the adoption of the Plan, the Board has been studying these other measures, and searching for ways of further reducing vehicular emissions. Particular emphasis is being placed on those measures which could be expected to lead to significant improvements in air quality during the next few (three to five) years. The Air Resources Board held two special meetings during the last three months to consider various measures for reducing emissions from motor vehicles. The first of these meetings, held on August 17 and 18, 1972, was to consider the feasibility of converting motor vehicles in the South Coast Air Basin to the use of gaseous fuels; the second, held on October 30 and 31, 1972, was to consider other short-term vehicular emission control measures which could be initiated in the South Coast Air Basin. This report is a summary of the new information (since the Plan's adoption in January 1972) related to the short-term measures for the reduction of vehicular emissions. Although the information obtained since the plan's adoption does not represent conceptual changes in the Implementation Plan, it does provide further refinements of some of the estimates made in the Plan regarding feasibility and effects. Also, if aftermarket catalytic reactors are available and practical for retrofitting used cards, a retrofit program which includes installation of catalytic devices may lead to emission reductions greater than previously estimated. ITEM Existing and proposed enforcement tools to prevent improper installation, and altering or modifying of vehicle emission control devices, and needed legislation to achieve the recommendations of the Governor's Task Force on Periodic Inspection and Maintenance. RECOMMENDATION Instruct the staff to seek approval for legislation as proposed in Section D below. DISCUSSION At the meeting in Santa Barbara on November 8, 1972, the board instructed the staff to study the existing enforcement tools regarding installing and altering or modifying vehicle emission control devices, especially with respect to licensed smog stations, and also to outline the legislation needed to implement the recommendations of the Governor's Task Force on Inspection and Maintenance. The two items are closely related, and so have been joined in one report. The discussion is given in three sections, (A) existing enforcement tools, (B) recommended changes, and additional authority needed to implement recommendations of the Governor's Task Force. Due to lack of lead time, the recommended changes have not been discussed with the Bureau of Automotive Repair, the Highway Patrol, or the Department of Motor Vehicles. The staff hopes to be able to present their views at the Board meeting.