Air quality regulations that take affect Jan. 1 will impact diesel-powered trucks, including those used to transport farm products.
Implemented by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), these regulations will require significant and expensive retrofitting of older engines to bring trucks into compliance.
A panel of industry experts will present information and options to help local businesses prepare for the new regulations.
Two panels will be presented: • Challenges: Balancing the environment and the economy
• Opportunities and solutions
Among the panelists are:
• Bruce Tuter of CARB, who will explain the new regulations
• Richard Stedman of the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District, who will talk about a state program that provides grants to help businesses retrofit or replace engines with newer and cleaner ones.
• Jose Guerra of California Coastal Rural Development Corp., an agricultural lender, who will talk about vehicle and retrofit loans
Question-and-answer sessions will follow the panel presentations.