Why proposed clean air rules have people in the IE warehouse industry worried

POMONA >> Regulations coming out of Sacramento could dampen Southern California’s economy, supply chain experts said Thursday at the Southern California 2017 Logistics and Supply Summit at the Pomona Fairplex on Thursday.

Of particular concern was “indirect source rules” that could potentially make Inland warehouses responsible for the trucks that visit them as part of efforts to significantly reduce air pollution.

The state is developing rules to make ports, rail yards and warehouses responsible for reducing pollution from trucks and other vehicles serving those facilities.

“ISR: if you don’t have that written on your mirror at home or tattooed on your forearm, you should get to know it,” said logistics expert B.J. Patterson, CEO and President of Ontario-based Pacific Mountain Logistics, a panelist at the event, known as the Southern California Logistics and Supply Chain Summit.

Chris Shimoda, director of policy for the California Trucking Association, said is concerned.

“There are roughly 5,000 warehouses in the South Coast air basin, so potentially, there are 5,000 different warehouse operators trying to figure out how to meet the standard, and each one would not necessarily be doing the same thing,” Shimoda said.

The California Air Resources Board approved a 15-year smog cleanup plan with the rules, also known as indirect source review, last month at a meeting in Riverside.

“The ambiguity of these plans just invites litigious parties to get…

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