Constructor Magazine Focuses on California’s Diesel Retrofit Mandate
Newly Adopted Rule Estimated To Cost Contractors Billions
Despite AGC of America's strong objections, California is setting first-time emissions rules for existing fleets of off-road diesels. The rules far surpass the emissions standards already set by the federal government. California has unique authority under the federal Clean Air Act to regulate air emissions from off-road diesel equipment. Other states do not have this authority, but are generally permitted to opt-in to California’s program.
The rule—currently being eyed by other states—will force older equipment out-of-service and require equipment owners to spend an estimated $13 billion in California alone over the rule’s lifetime on new machines and/or engine retrofits. Determined to prevent California from setting a de facto national standard that is both economically and technologically infeasible, AGC is set to challenge California’s unprecedented attempt to tighten diesel-engine exhaust standards for construction equipment already manufactured and sold to the construction industry.
Click here to read the full text of Constructor Magazine’s Inside AGC – CEO’s Message, featured in the September/October 2007 issue.
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