CARB Meeting on Transitioning Small Off-Road Engines to Zero-Emission Tech

On Thursday, December 9, 2021 (9:00 a.m. PST), the California Air Resources Board (CARB) will hold a virtual public hearing to consider proposed amendments to transitioning small off-road engines to zero-emission technologies.

The meeting will be remote-only, via Zoom. Members of the public can watch the board meeting via webcast. It also will be possible for the public to comment verbally at the hearing by registering for the webinar. The public can also offer verbal comments via telephone (669/900-6833, webinar ID: 859 6297 1011). Also, see this link: Full details on how to participate in the remote board meeting.

In a statement, CARB noted: “The Board will consider the proposal to amend regulations and certification and test procedures for small off-road engines (SORE). The amendments are necessary to accelerate the transition of SORE to zero emissions to reduce emissions. Deployment of zero-emission equipment is key to meeting the expected emission reductions in the 2016 State Implementation Plan Strategy and the goals of California Executive Order N-79-20.”

The meeting agenda includes:

CARB also announced that it has reached a settlement agreement with American Honda Motor Corporation for $6.9 million for violations of CARB’s air-quality regulations. In 2019, CARB testing revealed that several of Honda’s small off-road engine (SORE) products did not meet CARB evaporative emission standards. Honda also failed to follow SORE evaporative emission control system certification procedures, the Board reports. In addition to the penalty and as a condition of settlement, Honda is required to submit and implement a corporate compliance plan to fulfill all CARB regulations going forward. The full settlement agreement can be found here.



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