Currently active: The 1998 Locomotive NOx Fleet Average Emissions Agreement in the South Coast Air Basin (1998 MOU), signed by CARB, Union Pacific Railroad (UP) and BNSF Railway (BNSF), accelerates the introduction of cleaner locomotives into the South Coast Air Basin. Under the Agreement, UP and BNSF agreed to operate locomotive fleets that “on average” meet a Tier 2 NOx emission standard, or 5.5 g/bhp-hr by 2010 (and through 2030). The Agreement provides State Implementation Plan (SIP) creditable emission reductions.
Previously completed: The 2005 Statewide Railyard Agreement, which was completed in 2015, included a statewide idle reduction program, maximized the use of state and federal ultra-low sulfur (15 parts per million maximum) diesel fuel, and established a statewide visible emissions reduction and repair program. The agreement also required the preparation of 17 railyard inventories and health risk assessments.
Previously drafted: On June 24, 2010, the Board reviewed Draft Railyard Commitments to reduce diesel particulate matter (PM) emissions from 2005 levels at four high priority railyards in Southern California. The Board directed the Executive Officer to work with the railroads to strengthen specific provisions of the Draft Commitments, and to execute those agreements as appropriate. The Executive Officer ultimately decided to instead initiate a public process that can lead to a more holistic path for reducing emissions from rail and other freight operations.