The California Air Resources Board (CARB) will conduct a public Board hearing later this month as it continues its efforts to expand the state’s existing Ocean-Going Vessels At-Berth Regulation to further reduce air emissions from ships docked in California. As earlier reported, CARB recently released further modifications to the at-berth rulemaking documents (15-day change). Due to these proposed changes, regulated parties remain concerned about significant increased costs related to supporting infrastructure and capital improvements – and some predict that not extending the compliance date to allow for economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic will make compliance more costly, or even “infeasible.”

At the upcoming Board hearing, staff will provide an update to the Board in response to stakeholder comments received on the 15-day change proposal. The hearing is set to commence at 9:00 a.m. (Pacific Time), June 25, 2020, and may continue at 8:30 a.m., June 26, 2020. The hearing will be held remotely.