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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently sent an advisory letter to manufacturers that offered leniency for the disclosure of emissions shortcomings. The letter highlights the legal requirements which apply to the production and sale of emissions-emitting products, tools, and equipment. Non-compliance issues can carry a maximum penalty of $37,500 per source, for each identified violation.

The advisory letter states:

“This situation will not continue–It is a clear violation of public health to pollute the air with illegal devices, and it undermines the essential trust that has supported the certification program for decades. CARB is therefore now writing to you again to encourage voluntary disclosure of any potential violations with respect to these and other applicable regulatory requirements. Voluntary disclosure will trigger a reduction in penalties; failure to do so may affect the result of future enforcement actions involving your company when CARB’s new techniques – and its new state-of the-art testing laboratory opening in 2021 – inevitably detect any violations you may have.”

Any product that is manufactured or sold in the State of California must receive an Executive Order (EO) from the California Air Resources Board in order to indicate that the products, tools, or equipment will remain in it’s emissions certified state when installed. 

CARB is now requesting that regulatory programs in the following categories, in addition to the regular application process, submit EO requests through their website with the below process.

  • CARB LSI Exhaust and EVAP
  • CARB SSIE Exhaust and EVAP
  • CARB MSIE Exhaust and EVAP

LSIE Exhaust Model Summary-Family Name

Please submit the model summary table in Microsoft Excel format associated with each individual exhaust/evap. application into the same location in DMS with its associated primary application. In addition, the model summary table should be submitted into the same workflow of its associated application (primary application or running change). 

Since the model summary table is a supplemental document of the primary application, the document type (or class) should be either “Application” or “Running Change” based on the document type of its associated application. The naming convention of the model summary table should be the same as its associated application or running change, with the addition of “Model_Summary” at the end. Please see the examples below and use the following naming conventions.

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If you received CARB’s advisory letter, or are a manufacturer with issues related to emissions compliance, contact us today to speak with our team of certification experts.