Emission reduction incentives

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Feb. 1, 2007 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District held a meeting on Monday, January 29th, to develop concepts, principles and funding strategies for tax and/or other incentives for early air pollution controls that result in emissions reductions needed for attainment of the districts’ air quality goals.  Facility modernization and early conversion of diesel engines, among other topics, were discussed.

Computer modeling shows that enormous emission reduction (over and above what is currently slated under current regulatory programs) will be needed if the Basins are to comply with the federal attainment deadlines for fine particulates and ozone.  This raises the specter of having to further regulate already stringently controlled stationary sources, while additional emission reductions can be obtained at a reasonable cost from mobile sources with available technology.  SCAQMD acknowledged that even if every stationary source in their air basin were shut down completely, the region would still fail to meet the federal health-based air quality standards by the statutory deadlines, without having the mobile sources cleaned up.  The districts believe that voluntary emission reductions that can be encouraged by tax incentives are therefore a viable option worth investigating.

A tax incentive could impact a wide variety of stationary and mobile equipment and processes.  Given the wide range of geographic, health, environmental, agricultural and industrial concerns, a broadly-based working group was formed to develop concepts for legislative proposals for a tax incentive to encourage early transition to less polluting equipment or processes.  The working group will focus on the measures which most effectively address the air quality needs of the state’s most polluted areas and that can be implemented through state and/or federal legislation. 

Senate Minority Leader Dick Ackerman (R-Irvine) had a representative at the meeting and is considering carrying a bill to facilitate the funding of such incentives should a compromise be reached. 

The air districts are looking for indications that companies would consider taking early actions replacing older less efficient, more polluting equipment.  If your company would contemplate this with the right monetary incentives, please contact Mike Rogge at 916-498-3313 or mrogge@cmta.net

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