Information sources for diesel engine regulations

Information sources for diesel engine regulations

Approaching deadline for Ag Regulation

December 31, 2011, deadline to register diesel engines used in agriculture. 
 
To date, almost no engines have been registered.
 
Owners of agricultural diesel engines over 50 hp must:
  1. Register the engine online with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District by December 31, 2011; and
  2. Comply with Either the State Regulation affecting diesel engines in agricultural use; OR with the Air District Regulation 11, Hazardous Pollutants, Rule 17; Limited Stationary Compression Ignition (Diesel) engines in Agricultural Use, which provides an exemption from the State rule for very low-use stationary agricultural diesel engines and an alternate compliance schedule for certain low-use engines.  Diesel engine owners/operations MUST apply and qualify for an exemption or alternate compliance by December 31, 2011
Limited Use Stationary Compression Ignition (Diesel) Engines in Agricultural Use, which provides an exemption from the State rule for very low-use stationary agricultural diesel engines and an alternate compliance schedule for certain low-use engines.
 
Diesel engine owners/operators MUST apply and qualify for an exemption or alternate compliance by December 31, 2011.

Registration Information


To register in person, Sonoma County Farm Bureau is hosting a local registration with BAAQMD on November 15 at SCFB office, 970 Piner Rd., Santa Rosa.  Growers my walk-in, fill out paperwork and leave between the hours of 8am to noon,
 
Engines must be registered by December 31, 2011. 
There is a one-time application fee of $129 for the Alternate Compliance Plan but no fee when applying for an exemption (see explanation below).
 

State Regulation

The Stationary Compression Ignition Engine Air Toxic Control Measure is an air pollution regulation adopted by the California Air Resources Board in 2004 to protect air quality and public health by reducing pollution from diesel engines. In 2006, it was expanded to include agricultural sources.
A copy of this regulation can be found at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/ag/documents/finalreg101807.pdf 
It is the Air District’s responsibility to enforce this regulation.

Air District Rule

The Air District’s Rule provides an extension of the State’s compliance deadline for certain low-use stationary agricultural diesel engines through an Alternate Compliance Plan. Farmers must apply and qualify for the Alternate Compliance Plan to be subject to extended compliance deadlines. The deadline to apply for an Alternate Compliance Plan is December 31, 2011. 
 
 

Exemptions

Agricultural diesel engines that used less than 20 hours per year may be exempt from requirements. Farmers must apply and qualify for an exemption at http://www.baaqmd.gov/Divisions/Engineering/Equipment-Registration/Agricultural-Diesel-Engines.aspx.
 

Grant Funds 

The Air District offers funding to help offset the cost of new engines for any owner/operator who chooses to comply with the requirements of the State regulation or Regulation 11, Rule 17 before the compliance deadlines.
For more information about funding opportunities contact: Stacy Shull at (415) 749-4955 or sshull@baaqmd.gov.