No, it’s not what turns to fat if you eat too many of them.
This CARB is the “California Air Resources Board,” the regulatory agency empowered to establish statewide air quality standards. With such a broad mandate over the most populous state, CARB’s impact on business and trade has been enormous, and on the fuel industry in particular.
CARB IS COSTLY. VIOLATING IT COSTS EVEN MORE
From “drilling to driving,” CARB regulates the allowable chemical limits in the air released during each step of the lifecycle of motor fuel in California—drilling, refining, storage, distribution, transport, and use. Violations of CARB’s stringent benchmarks can result in both civil and criminal penalties up to $75,000 per violation per day. So strict are CARB’s air content requirements, the Environmental Protection Agency—EPA, often exempts California from many of Washington’s regulations because CARB’s standards are typically more rigorous than the federal rules.
CARB FUEL AND YOU
If you’re involved in the fuel industry in the Golden State, then you’re already used to buying and selling “CARB fuel” – chemically reformulated gasoline or extra low sulfur diesel that is more expensive than standard petro fuel. But CARB’s influence no longer stops at California’s state line. Using CARB’s air quality standards as a model, major sections of neighboring Nevada, Arizona, and beyond have moved toward or implemented more aggressive air quality requirements for fuel sold within their jurisdictions. Nevada’s “Bureau of Air Pollution Control” and Arizona’s “Air Resources Board” respectively, mandate the sale and use of CARB-quality fuel in locations such as Las Vegas and Phoenix-Maricopa County.
AS CALIFORNIA GOES…CARB ADOPTION IN NEW MEXICO & THE SOUTHWEST
Even New Mexico’s “Environment Department Air Quality Bureau” is following CARB’s lead in its adoption of “the strictest known standards in practice” for certain fuel-related activities, such as truck idling limitations and equipment. The trend appears to be moving closer to adoption of a CARB-like blueprint for all of the Southwest and eventually beyond, increasing fuel prices along the way.
WE CAN HELP
CARB fuel or otherwise, Desert Fuels and its stand-out customer service will meet your needs at some of the best pricing available, both keeping you in fuel and compliance with the laws that govern it.