CARB 2020 At Berth Regulation approved by US EPA

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) has granted California Air Resources Board (CARB)’s authorization request for the Final Regulation Order Control Measure for Ocean-Going Vessels At Berth (2020 Regulation) pursuant to section 209(e) of the Clean Air Act. The authorization has been published in the Federal Register on October 20, 2023. CARB previously issued a March 30, 2023, Enforcement Notice (March 2023 Notice) outlining reporting and enforcement requirements during the “transition period,” which spans from January 1, 2023, through 30 days after the US EPA publishes its issuance of authorization for the 2020 Regulation in the Federal Register (November 20, 2023). Once the “transition period” concludes on November 20, 2023, all regulated entities must follow and comply with the requirements set forth in the 2020 Regulation. The two enforcement path options are as follows: (1) achieving the per-visit emission reduction provisions of the 2020 Regulation, or (2) achieving the 80 percent emission or power reduction provisions set forth in the 2007 Regulation. Regardless of which enforcement path is selected, all vessel and terminal operators are required to submit reporting information required by the 2020 Regulation, including vessel visit reports. By affirmatively selecting an enforcement path, regulated entities would designate the enforcement approach to be used during the transition period.

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