Minutes of the Meeting
COMMITTEE ON CONTROL
OF EMISSIONS FROM MOTOR VEHICLES
Spring Valley Library
DATE: October 29, 2002
TIME: 1:00 p.m.
1:00 P.M Chairman Lloyd Nelson of the
Department of Motor Vehicles called the meeting to order and asked that each
person in attendance introduce themselves.
Sag Jaunarajs of the Nevada Department
of Environmental Protection gave an overview of current opacity regulation
language. Introduced the proposed regulation change that would include
mid-range diesel vehicles from 8,500 to 14,000 lbs. GVWR.
Mr. Jaunarajs discussed diesel emissions
health hazards, and the fact that studies have and are being done in many
areas concerning this topic.
Diesel fleet testing and a broad area of
discussion to include particulate volume, public outreach, diesel retrofit,
add on control devices, and funding for repairs and also included the
reduction of sulphur from diesel
fuel. Sag Jaunarajas led this
Mr. Juanarajs introduced The Heavy Duty
Diesel Subcommittee and congratulated them for forming such a diverse group of
individuals. Sig suggested that each HDD Subcommittee meeting should be held
on the same day and place as the I/M meeting as it is much more cost effective
for all involved. This type of committee is going on all across the country.
Lloyd Nelson asked if WestStar is the
same as CalStar? Sig stated that it was a different organization and included
many western states such as; NV, OR, TX, CA, UT, OK, AZ, ID, and others.
Adele Malone of Nevada Department of
Environmental Protection stated that the Heavy Duty Diesel opacity testing
regulations have been adopted as of September 11 and became effective October
18,2002. The Department of Motor Vehicles has implemented changes. The
equipment used to test opacity will have a built in weather station to adjust
for ambient conditions. The main change in regulations involving heavy duty
diesel vehicles is that the opacity percentage levels have be reduced from 70
percent to 40 and 55 percent, depending on the year of the vehicle. Also, a
one year waiver has been implemented. Emission control labels will be replaced
on vehicles that have missing or damaged labels.
Andy Goodrich of Washoe County Health
Department asked if these labels can be purchased?
Adele Malone stated that the labels can
be purchased from the manufacturer of vehicles as the labels are all tied in
to the VIN number.
Adele also stated that the DMV is
stepping up enforcement of the Heavy Duty program as they have the new
equipment on order.
Adele spoke about LCB is to remove
wording in NAC’s “like CA program” and brings into the program diesel
vehicles of 8,500 to 14,000 lbs GVWR. The Heavy Duty Diesel Subcommittee will
do a financial impact study.
Darryl Capurro of The Nevada Trucking
Association stated that LCB has started drafting of regulation proposal
concerning this matter and the committee has requested to see the draft before
Mr. Capurro thanked the Subcommittee, the
Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Motor Vehicles
for their work in this subject.
Adele Malone brought up the topic of
diesel idling restrictions and stated that Washoe and Clark County have the
same ordinances in governing these problems.
Diane Stortz-Lintz stated that this is
not a topic for the I/M Committee to discuss.
Andy Goodrich stated that this is a
great time to discuss this topic!
Catherine MacDougall of Clark County
Department of Air Quality qualified the clarity of the ordinance that covers
noise and that it is not an emission problem. Ms. MacDougall described the
type of engines used that are causing the most recent complaint from
Darryl Capurro stated that the new fuel
cells significantly improve the diesel exhaust and noise problems and produce
plenty of power.
Adele asked if anyone wanted to discuss
the diesel noise regulations and are Washoe and Clark Counties the same?
Collen Cripps interjected that yes the
regs are the same and there is no need for discussion.
Andy Goodrich stated that Washoe’s
regs are very close to Clark Counties regs on this subject.
Lloyd Nelson stated that auxiliary
generators or portable equipment are not covered by NAC 445B and there is no
need for further discussion. All present agreed.
Lloyd Nelson asked to form a work group
to complete a comprehensive review of all NAC’s in chapter 445B to propose
modifications as necessary.
Russ Benzler, Administrator of Compliance
Enforcement, Department of Motor Vehicles asked that members of the Industry
be included in the committee.
Sig agreed and said that is a good idea.
Russ Benzler the NAC’s to be reviewed
only effect emissions from moving vehicles.
Lloyd Nelson suggested that the
committee start with 445B.460 the licensing of stations and inspectors. Check
with other states and compare. Do a complete report and set up for changes
Samuel Jackson of Nevada Department of
Environmental Protection asked that their department be included.
Lloyd Nelson asked if anyone was opposed
to this proposal.
No one was opposed.
Andy Goodrich asked what is the time
Lloyd stated that February 1st
would be terrific.
Andy Goodrich asked if this project was
Lloyd Nelson answered, Yes and we need
many things revised and should check with other states and get input.
Andy Goodrich recommended the I/M
Committee review the outcome.
Lloyd Nelson suggested committee members
be selected as follows:
The Industry as a whole will be invited to
participate in a workshop to discuss the outcome of the suggestions of the
Dennis Ransel suggested finding a Video
Conference facility in the north and the south to save time and travel. He
will check resources and possibilities.
Lloyd Nelson agreed this is a good idea
and we should work on this.
Russ Benzler stated that this is a good
idea as there is no date required for completion and the I/M meetings should
not hold this up.
Samuel Jackson stated that a small group
should give an overview upon completion.
Lloyd Nelson staed that he would advise
on the meeting of the outcome.
Sig Juanarajs stated that many organizations
request information from the DMV on many issues and avenues and stated that he
has concern for the proper way to request information.
Lloyd Nelson apologized for the problem
and handed out a Policy for information requests for outside agencies.
Diane Stortz-Lintz stressed the point
that lead time is very important!
Lloyd Nelson suggested a letter of
urgency from management to achieve priority status.
Sig Jaunarajs asked if field information
Lloyd Nelson answered, yes somewhat.
Sig Juanarajs asked what system?
Lloyd Nelson answered he has no idea.
Sig Juanarajs saked if his department
Lloyd Nelson suggested he contact Tom
Joeseph from the DMV IT section
Dennis Ransel stated that he needs
understanding of the system and time frames that are necessary.
Russ Benzler suggested that someone from the
IT section should come to an I/M meeting.
Lloyd Nelson said he would talk to an
administrator from IT.
Dennis Ransel stated that most of the
information he has rec’d is inaccurate.
Samuel Jackson said the system is not
designed to give info only to store it, this is why they need lead time to
extract it from the system.
Lloyd Nelson said he would look into
this problem next week.