ARB is inviting public input on alternatives to the regulatory
proposal for the Alternative Diesel Fuel (ADF) regulation. The
proposed regulation contains two main elements including: 1)
provisions for a legal pathway for commercialization of new
emerging diesel fuel alternatives, and 2) special provisions
governing biodiesel use as the first alternative diesel fuel.
ARB staff expects to propose a commercial pathway element that is
substantially similar to what is described in the October 2013
Initial Statement of Reasons, entitled, "Proposed Regulation on
the Commercialization of New Alternative Diesel Fuels"
pages 21-22). The provisions that ARB staff is planning to
propose to govern biodiesel use are described in the document
entitled, "Preliminary Rulemaking Proposal for Biodiesel use as
an Alternative Diesel Fuel," which is available at
State rulemaking law supports public input in this ongoing ARB
process aimed toward an ADF rulemaking proposal for Board
consideration in 2015. As part of that process, ARB solicits
public input on alternative ADF approaches, including any
approach that may yield the same or greater benefits than those
associated with the proposed regulation, or that may achieve the
goals at lower cost. Alternative approaches submitted to ARB
will be considered as staff prepares a Standardized Regulatory
Impact Analysis (SRIA) as required by statutes 2011, chapter 496,
which amended Government Code section 11346.3 and other
provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act to require the
preparation of a SRIA when major regulations are proposed. Rules
implementing these requirements are found at title 1, sections
2000-2004 of the California Code of Regulations.
To submit an alternative for ARB to consider as it prepares its
please ensure that your submission discusses the alternative's
ability to fulfill the purposes of the draft regulatory proposal
as ARB has presented it. To enable comparison of economic
impacts, please submit alternatives to the ADF regulation,
including alternatives to proposed requirements affecting
biodiesel blends. Alternatives may include alternatives to
proposed biodiesel use NOx mitigation requirements proposed by
staff. For such alternatives, please submit associated direct
costs, benefit information and sources, as well as projections of
production volume changes that may result from NOx mitigation of
biodiesel blends relative to current production volumes. Please
also submit a clear description of the basis for any cost
ARB will consider all alternatives provided in deciding which
alternatives will be carried forward for more detailed analysis
as part of the rulemaking process.
The deadline for submission of alternatives relating to economic
impacts is Friday, August 15, 2014. Alternatives may be
submitted via email to Mr. Alexander (Lex) Mitchell, at
The ADF rulemaking is an effort to develop a uniform framework
for standards, specifications, procedures and other requirements
applicable to various current and developmental alternative
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