Challenges, opportunities presented by air quality regulations

Air quality regulations that take affect Jan. 1 will impact diesel-powered trucks, including those used to transport farm products.

Insert a description of the image here.Implemented by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), these regulations will require significant and expensive replacing or retrofitting of older engines to bring trucks into compliance.

This timely topic will be discussed at CSU Monterey Bay’s Entrepreneurship Forum set for Oct. 2. The event is open to the public will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the University Center on Sixth Avenue. 

A panel of industry experts will present information and options to help local businesses prepare for the new regulations.

Two panels will be presented:

• Challenges: Balancing the environment and the economy
• Opportunities and solutions

Among the panelists are:

• Bruce Tuter of CARB, who will explain the new regulations

• Richard Stedman of the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District, who will talk about a state program that provides grants to help businesses retrofit or replace engines with newer and cleaner ones.

• Jose Guerra of California Coastal Rural Development Corp., an agricultural lender, who will talk about vehicle and retrofit loans

Question-and-answer sessions will follow the panel presentations.

Register for this free event

For more information, contact Chuck Jehle of the Small Business Development Center at cjehle@csumb.edu.

The event is sponsored by the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District, Reiter Affiliated Companies, Business and Entreprensurship Center at Cabrillo College, Youth Entrepreneurship Program, and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Northern Regional Network.

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