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NMMA offers guidance on California emissions program

The NMMA said boatbuilders will need to begin the California Air Resources Board evaporative emission certification process.

As the July 1 start of the 2018 model year draws closer, the NMMA said boatbuilders will need to begin the California Air Resources Board evaporative emission certification process.

CARB staff will receive hundreds, if not thousands, of applications from boatbuilders that plan to sell boats with gasoline fuel tanks in California after July 1.

Builders will need to install CARB-certified evaporative emissions components and apply for and receive an executive order, the National Marine Manufacturers Association said today.

“It is highly recommended that boatbuilders begin the application process early to ensure that there is no disruption to commerce,” NMMA compliance director John McKnight wrote in its newsletter Currents.

The NMMA also directs boatbuilders to a design-based conditional certification compliance letter. The NMMA pushed for including the letter in the rulemaking process to provide boatbuilders with a mechanism to continue to sell boats after the rulemaking implementation date if for any reason CARB had not yet approved an application and issued an executive order, McKnight said.

CARB certification staff has compiled all of the evaporative certification and support documents and added them to the marine certification web page.

Lastly, a simple form is available for manufacturers to fill out their contact information and email back to CARB ahead of sending in their first certification application, which helps in assigning a boat manufacturer a designated CARB certification representative, the NMMA said.

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