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To consolidate, disseminate, and gather information concerning the 710 expansion into our San Rafael neighborhood and into our surrounding neighborhoods. If you have an item that you would like posted on this blog, please e-mail the item to Peggy Drouet at pdrouet@earthlink.net

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

TRUCKERS: Deadline looms for cleaner diesel engines

http://blog.pe.com/air-quality/2013/09/16/truckers-deadline-looms-for-cleaner-diesel-engines/

By David Danelski, September 16, 2013




 Maria Rodriguez watches her husband, Jose Rodriguez as he prepares his semi truck for a job on March 28, 2013 in Jurupa Valley. The family makes a living through goods movement by being truckers.   STAN LIM
Maria Rodriguez watches her husband, Jose Rodriguez as he prepares his semi truck for a job on March 28, 2013 in Jurupa Valley. The family makes a living through goods movement by being truckers.


As many truckers face a Jan. 1 deadline to retrofit their engines with pollution controls, some big rig operators are anonymously turning in their competitors for driving vehicles that fail to comply with California’s tougher emission rules, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Reporter Tony Barboza found that  truckers themselves are “the No.1 tipsters” to the California Air Resources Board,  which regulates car and truck emissions in the Golden State.

They are “placing anonymous calls and sending emails to finger competitors they say are gaining an unfair advantage by not upgrading their engines or installing expensive filters that capture harmful diesel particulates before they are released into the air,” Barboza reported.

Our recent Air of  Risk  series of about Southern California”s on-going battle with harmful air pollution  included  a story about Jose Rodriguez, a Jurupa Valley-based  independent trucker who expects to spend about $15,000 on a required diesel soot filter for his 2000 Peterbilt that he must install for the end of the year.

I spent a day riding with Rodriguez as he picked up or dropped off loads in La Mirada, Long Beach and Los Angeles before continuing east to the Phoenix area.  The job involved waiting hours outside warehouses and skillfully tying down and wrapping tarps around cargo on his flatbed so it  would arrive safe and intact.

I  gained an appreciation for Rodriguez and all the other men and women who work long hours behind the wheel to deliver the goods that keep our economy humming.  And it certainly would be unfair for Rodriguez to dig deep into his pockets for the sake of  more healthful air — if  his competitors  did not.