Air Resources Board
1001 I Street, 2nd Floor
Byron Sher Auditorium
Sacramento, California 95814


January 22 & 23, 2009

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January 22, 2009
9:00 a.m.


Agenda Item #

 Agenda Topic
09-1-7:Report to the Board on the Air Resources Board's Program Priorities for 2009
ARB Executive Officer James Goldstene will brief the Board on major program priorities for 2009.
Staff Presentation
09-1-1:Health Update: Potential Health Impacts of Residential Wood Burning
The health impacts of exposure to fine particulate matter, such as increased risk for mortality and asthma exacerbations, are well established.  Yet, the components of particulate matter that may be most responsible for these health effects are not known.  This month’s health update highlights a study of the potential health impacts of exposure to wood smoke in asthmatic children.  The study found lung function changes in the exposed children, which may be related to combustion-generated components of ambient particulate matter, including wood burning sources. 

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 09-1-2: Public Hearing to Consider the Adoption of a Proposed Regulation for Small Containers of Automotive Refrigerant
Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) staff is proposing a Discrete Early Action regulation that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with do-it-yourself recharging of motor vehicle air conditioning systems.  This regulation would achieve greenhouse gas emission reductions through the use of a self-sealing valve on the container, improved labeling instructions, a container deposit and return program, reclamation of the refrigerant remaining in the used container, recycling of the container, and an education program that emphasizes best practice techniques for vehicle recharging as well as highlights the environmental risks associated with this product.  This regulation would result in an estimated emission reduction of 0.26 million metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent in a cost-effective manner.   
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09-1-3: Public Hearing to Consider the Adoption of the Proposed California Evaluation Procedures for Aftermarket Critical Emission Parts on Highway Motorcycles
The proposed regulations would allow manufacturers to offer for sale aftermarket critical emission control parts for motorcycles within their emissions compliance period.  The motorcycle aftermarket parts manufacturers would have to demonstrate compliance to ARB new vehicle emissions standards through a new evaluation procedure for the exemption of motorcycle aftermarket critical emission control parts from the anti-tampering requirements of Vehicle Code section 27156.  Examples of such parts include exhaust systems with catalytic converters, oxygen sensors, and hydrocarbon absorbers.  The proposal would allow the replacement of stock critical emission control parts with aftermarket parts by non-original manufacturers.  The proposed requirements include durability emission testing, emission defects warranty and reporting, exemption labeling, audit testing, and in-use recall.
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09-1-6:Public Meeting to Report to the Board on the Impacts of the Particulate Matter Performance Standards of the In-Use On-Road Vehicle Regulation in Oxides of Nitrogen Attainment Areas
On December 12, 2008, the Board approved for adoption the proposed regulation to reduce emissions of diesel particulate matter (PM), oxides of nitrogen (NOx), and greenhouse gases from in-use on road diesel vehicles that operate in California (Truck and Bus Regulation).  The Board requested that staff report back and provide an update on the impacts of the PM performance standards for vehicles driven exclusively within the designated NOx attainment areas identified in the approved Truck and Bus Regulation.
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09-1-4: Public Hearing to Consider Proposed Amendments to the Regulation for In-Use Off-Road Diesel-Fueled Fleets and an Update on the Status of Implemention of the Regulation
The in-use off-road diesel vehicle regulation (off-road regulation) was adopted by the Board on July 26, 2007, as California Code of Regulations, title 13, section 2449.  As directed by the Board in Resolution 07-19, ARB staff will present an update on the implementation of the off-road regulation, including an assessment of the technologies currently available for compliance with the off-road regulation.  In addition to this update, staff will propose an amendment to the regulation, which would extend the deadline for receiving early credit for the installation of verified diesel emission control strategies.
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09-1-5:Public Meeting to Consider Approval of California’s Regional Haze Plan
The Regional Haze Plan charts a path towards visibility improvement through 2018 at 29 of California’s national parks and wilderness areas.
Staff Presentation

January 23, 2009
8:30 a.m.


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 Agenda Topic
09-1-8:Public Hearing to Consider Adoption of Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles Test Procedure Amendments and Aftermarket Parts Certification Requirements
ARB staff has developed modifications to existing exhaust and evaporative test procedures in the passenger car, light-duty truck, and medium-duty classes to address operating characteristics of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.  New certification and installation requirements for aftermarket kits converting hybrid electric vehicles to plug-in hybrid electric vehicles will also be presented for adoption.
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09-1-9: Public Hearing to Consider Appointment of Members to the Regional Targets Advisory Committee under Senate Bill 375
Senate Bill 375 (Steinberg, chapter 728, statutes of 2008) requires ARB to provide metropolitan planning organizations with passenger vehicle greenhouse gas reduction targets by September 30, 2010.  The bill requires ARB, no later than January 31, 2009, to appoint a Regional Targets Advisory Committee to recommend factors to be considered and methodologies to be used for setting regional greenhouse gas reduction targets.  Staff will  describe the scope of the committee’s work and the Board will appoint committee members.
More Information   More Information II   Staff Presentation
  The Board will hold a closed session, as authorized by Government Code section 11126(e), to confer with, and receive advice from, its legal counsel regarding the following pending litigation:

Central Valley Chrysler-Jeep, Inc. et al. v. Goldstene, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, No. 08-17378 on appeal from U.S. District Court (E.D. Cal. - Fresno).

Fresno Dodge, Inc. et al. v. California Air Resources Board et al., Superior Court of California (Fresno County), Case No. 04CE CG03498.

General Motors Corp. et al. v. California Air Resources