UPDATE NOVEMBER 4, 2021
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Notice of Public Hearing to Consider Proposed Amendments to the Small Off-Road Engine Regulations: Transition to Zero Emissions
Take Action Now!
A Brief Summary is Below:
- CARB plans to ban sales of new internal combustion engine-powered equipment 1/1/2024.
- Currently no viable alternative for commercial pressure washers with ICE
- Commercial Pressure washers are not Pre-empt
- There will be a public hearing to consider amendments of “transition to zero” 12/9/2021
- The public comment period for this regulatory action started on October 15, 2021. Written comments will not be accepted later than November 29, 2021.
What We Need YOU to do TODAY
- Mail or electronic submit your comments to the California Air Resources Board expressing your opposition to the bill and proposed regulations.
- Email your elected officials in one click! (Red button below)
- Attend the December 9th hearing at the California Air Resource Board, Byron Sher Auditorium
LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!
Clerks’ Office, California Air Resources Board
1001 I Street,
Sacramento, California 95814
See Current Comments
Example of Customer Comment
I am a (commercial cleaner/ an industrial supplier to commercial cleaner / small business owner operating a commercial cleaning business) servicing (municipalities / office parks / retail /residential customers) in the greater _______ area for the last ____ years.
I proudly come from the ______ community located in ______ county. I employ X workers and we take great pride in the service we provide the community.
Within the last year, we partnered with ____ to clean _____ and the (main / most efficient) tool we use is an internal combustion powered pressure washer. Beyond this we have x of crews working daily. The mandate of no internal combustion engines being considered would eliminate the jobs of nearly all of our staff.
We care deeply about a clean environment for both the health of our neighbors and beauty of our community. (where applicable) We have participated in water recovery / water treatment as well as propane burner usage in accordance with all state and local regulations.
Thank you for your consideration.
Send an Email to your Official with One Click!
Here is the link developed by OPEI and NALP which equipment dealers and users can submit a prepared message to CARB and their California Legislators.
UPDATE – 10-18-2021
We appreciate the engagement of the Cleaning Equipment Trade Association on the small off-road engine (SORE) regulation workshops and are hoping that will continue as the rulemaking progresses. Our rulemaking package has been posted online, and the 45-day comment period opens on October 15, 2021, and closes on November 29, 2021. We invite you to meet with CARB staff and discuss any questions, comments, or concerns you have about the proposed amendments to the regulations, staff report, or any other rulemaking documents. If you would like to meet with us, please reply and let us know if you would prefer a 30-minute or 1-hour meeting. If you prefer to communicate via email, please send us any questions that you have. Comments for the rulemaking record should be submitted via the Public Comment interface. Below is a summary of the proposed rulemaking. The full staff report and proposed regulations can be found on CARB’s website. This rulemaking will be considered by the Board on December 9 and/or 10, 2021. The Board has not yet taken any action on this rulemaking.
Thank you again for your engagement in the rulemaking process. We look forward to hearing from you.
Dorothy Fibiger, on behalf of the SORE Rulemaking Team
Summary of Proposed 2021 Small Engine Rulemaking
In this rulemaking, California Air Resources Board (CARB or Board) staff is proposing amendments to the Small Off-Road Engine (SORE) Exhaust and Evaporative Emission Regulations and Test Procedures (collectively, Proposed Amendments). SORE are nonroad, nonstationary spark-ignition engines with rated power at or below 19 kilowatts (25.5 horsepower). This rulemaking would not affect emission standards for other classes of engine, or apply to engines regulated solely by the federal government. The Proposed Amendments would transition SORE equipment to zero-emission equipment (ZEE) as soon as possible. The deployment of ZEE is necessary to attain ambient air quality standards and protect the health and welfare of all California residents. The Proposed Amendments are also necessary to meet the requirements in California Executive Order N-79-20, which sets a goal to transition off-road vehicles and equipment operations to 100 percent zero-emission by 2035 where feasible. The Proposed Amendments also include updates to the SORE regulations to help minimize noncompliance and help ensure that SORE equipment sold and used in California will comply with the exhaust and evaporative emission standards throughout its lifetime. The Board will consider the Proposed Amendments at a public hearing on December 9 and/or 10, 2021.
Emission Standards for New SORE
The Proposed Amendments would set emission standards for smog-forming pollutants to zero for all new SORE except for generator engines (see below) beginning with the 2024 model year. The Proposed Amendments would make the emission standards more stringent for generator engines beginning with the 2024 model year. Beginning with the 2028 model year, the standards would be set to zero for generator engines. The SORE regulations and the Proposed Amendments do not apply to stationary generators.
Existing Equipment Is Not Affected
The proposed new emission standards would apply to manufacture of new engines for sale or lease in California. No restrictions on the possession, use, or repair of existing CARB-compliant SORE equipment are being proposed. Under the Proposed Amendments, California residents and businesses can continue using their CARB-compliant SORE equipment, and repair it, until end of its life. Stores may continue to sell any engines and equipment that were manufactured under valid CARB certifications.
Potential Effects of the Proposed Amendments
This proposed rulemaking is key to meeting the expected emission reductions in the Revised Proposed 2016 State Strategy for the State Implementation Plan, the goals of California Executive Order N-79-20, and AB 1346. There is a delayed phase-in for generators to allow time for the zero-emission generator market to develop. Manufacturers would be able to use emissions credits earned prior to model year 2024 on any SORE equipment, including generators, to help meet the standards until the credits are used up. Some users may see savings when using ZEE, while there will be a net cost to other users. Emission modeling shows that this proposal will achieve major reductions in smog-forming pollutant emissions from SORE: 43% reduction in oxides of nitrogen (NOx), and 51% reduction in reactive organic gases (ROG), in 2031, compared to the existing regulations. These emission reductions would result in significant health benefits for Californians, and the economic value of these benefits and other cost-savings from using ZEE would exceed the costs of implementing the Proposed Amendments.
On Saturday, October 9, 2021 California Governor Newsom signed AB-1346 to set zero emission SORE limits. OPEI and several associations including NALP and CETA worked to oppose the bill. The result was several amendments in the Senate, but ultimately the bill passed and has now been signed by the governor, directing CARB to adopt a rule by July 2022 to set SORE zero-emission limits by MY 2024, or when technical feasible, whichever is later. The state has budgeted $30M towards incentive programs.
This would ban the sale of new gas-powered equipment using small off-road engines, a broad category that includes generators, lawn equipment and pressure washers.
Focus now shifts to CARB “formal” rulemaking and comment period, which is expected to kickoff this week or next by way of the publication of the Initial Statement of Reason (ISoR). The Board hearing is expected to be December 9-10.
For complete information link to the SORE page https://ceta.org/news/sore-2021/.
California AB-1346 SORE (Small Off-Road Engines)
AMENDED IN SENATE AUGUST 26, 2021
Use this link to follow the state bill https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=202120220AB1346
(1) By July 1, 2022, the state board shall, consistent with federal law, adopt cost-effective and technologically feasible regulations to prohibit engine exhaust and evaporative emissions from new small off-road engines, as defined by the state board. Those regulations shall apply to engines produced on or after January 1, 2024, or as soon as the state board determines is feasible, whichever is later.
(2) In determining technological feasibility pursuant to paragraph (1), the state board shall consider all of the following:
(A) Emissions from small off-road engines in the state.
(B) Expected timelines for zero-emission small off-road equipment development.
(C) Increased demand for electricity from added charging requirements for more zero-emission small offroad equipment.
(D) Use cases of both commercial and residential lawn and garden users.
(E) Expected availability of zero-emission generators and emergency response equipment.
(b) Consistent with the regulations adopted pursuant to this section and relevant state law, the state board shall identify, and, to the extent feasible, make available, funding for commercial rebates or similar incentive funding as part of any updates to existing, applicable funding program guidelines for districts to implement to support the transition to zero-emission small off-road equipment operations.
For complete information, link to the SORE tab.