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    Utah Resolution Calls on EPA to Make CNG Refueling Easier Source - NGV Global Wednesday, 28 January 2009 00:00 USA, Salt Lake City

    Utah’s House Transportation Committee has passed a resolution calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to streamline the certification process for those who make and install CNG conversion kits, and urges the creation of more private-public partnerships to increase the number of refueling stations in the state.

    This resolution:
    • strongly urges the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to promptly revise and streamline the certification requirements applicable to small volume manufacturers;
    • urges the EPA to waive requirements for recertifying conversion kits under certain circumstances;
    • urges the EPA to permit small vehicle manufacturers to include vehicles and engines in a single engine category;
    • urges the EPA to provide additional guidance to small volume manufacturers regarding the conversion of older vehicle models;
    • urges the EPA to institute a natural gas vehicle research, development, and
    • demonstration funding program; and
    • encourages the formation of public and private partnerships to increase the states’ refueling infrastructure.
    The bill passed unanimously in the House Transportation Committee and now moves to the House floor for further debate.

    I can almost guarantee that cngchat members were behind this piece of legislation. We can, and do, make a difference.

  • #2
    Re: Utah Resolution Calls on EPA to Make CNG Refueling Easier

    Now that's more like it . . . terriffic!! Keep up the good work Utah cng supporters!!

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    • #3
      Re: Utah Resolution Calls on EPA to Make CNG Refueling Easier

      This is a great step forward. I hope it passes. Hopefully there will also be some consideration for those who currently own non-certified conversions (i.e. a way to help them become compliant with minimal expense).

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      • #4
        Re: Utah Resolution Calls on EPA to Make CNG Refueling Easier

        Sadly, no one seems to be pushing for the same changes at CARB...
        1997 Factory Crown Victoria w/ extended tanks ~~ Clunkerized!
        2000 Bi-Fuel Expedition --> ~~ Sold ~~ <--

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        • #5
          Re: Utah Resolution Calls on EPA to Make CNG Refueling Easier

          Curtis,

          Can you get a copy of the resolution, I would like to get the same passed in Florida.

          Jeff

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          • #6
            Re: Utah Resolution Calls on EPA to Make CNG Refueling Easier

            CONCURRENT RESOLUTION ON
            CERTIFICATION OF COMPRESSED NATURAL
            GAS VEHICLES


            2009 GENERAL SESSION
            STATE OF UTAH


            Chief Sponsor: Jack R. Draxler

            Senate Sponsor: Peter C. Knudson

            LONG TITLE
            General Description:
            This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor urges the United States Environmental Protection Agency to take regulatory steps for encouraging the use of natural gas and encourages public and private partnerships to increase the states' refueling infrastructure.

            Highlighted Provisions:
            This resolution:
            • strongly urges the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to promptly revise and streamline the certification requirements applicable to small volume manufacturers;
            • urges the EPA to waive requirements for recertifying conversion kits under certain circumstances;
            • urges the EPA to permit small vehicle manufacturers to include vehicles and engines in a single engine category;
            • urges the EPA to provide additional guidance to small volume manufacturers regarding the conversion of older vehicle models;
            • urges the EPA to institute a natural gas vehicle research, development, and demonstration funding program; and
            • encourages the formation of public and private partnerships to increase the states' refueling infrastructure.
            Special Clauses:
            None

            Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
            • WHEREAS, Utah is fortunate to have an abundant supply of natural gas;
            • WHEREAS, every gallon equivalent of natural gas used by vehicles is one less gallon of petroleum that has to be imported;
            • WHEREAS, natural gas is the cleanest burning alternative transportation fuel commercially available today;
            • WHEREAS, the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy has rated the natural gas powered Honda Civic GX as "America's Greenest Car" for the past five consecutive years;
            • WHEREAS, the Honda Civic GX is greener than any available hybrid;
            • WHEREAS, the largest hurdle facing the natural gas vehicle industry is the lack of refueling stations available to the public;
            • WHEREAS, public and private partnerships could greatly increase the states' refueling infrastructure;
            • WHEREAS, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has rules governing the manufacture, sale, and installation of alternative fuel engine conversion systems;
            • WHEREAS, for a vehicle conversion from petroleum to natural gas to be legal, the aftermarket kit must be designed for the specific vehicle's engine;
            • WHEREAS, each engine-specific conversion kit must undergo EPA-specified testing to ensure it meets emission standards and, upon passing, receive a Certificate of Conformity;
            • WHEREAS, the EPA should revise and streamline the certification requirements applicable to small volume manufacturers;
            • WHEREAS, the EPA should waive requirements for recertifying conversion kits if the kit has been previously certified for the model of vehicle to be converted and neither the kit nor the design and specifications of the model of vehicle to be converted have substantially changed;
            • WHEREAS, the EPA should also permit small vehicle manufacturers to include vehicles and engines in a single engine category to improve the cost efficiency of emission testing of converted vehicles and provide additional guidance to small volume manufacturers regarding the conversion of older vehicle models;
            • WHEREAS, the EPA should continue a natural gas vehicle research, development, and demonstration funding program within its existing budget and personnel levels to help improve and develop natural gas usage by engines and vehicles;
            • WHEREAS, the program could assist manufacturers in emissions certification, develop and improve nationally recognized safety codes and standards, and examine and improve the reliability and efficiency of natural gas fueling station infrastructure; and
            • WHEREAS, by taking these steps, the EPA would allow industry and the public to more quickly decrease the nation's dependency on imported petroleum:
            • NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein, strongly urge the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to act promptly and decisively in revising and streamlining the certification requirements applicable to small volume manufacturers and waiving requirements for recertifying conversion kits if the kit has been previously certified for the model of vehicle to be converted and neither the kit nor the design and specifications of the model of vehicle to be converted have substantially changed.
            • BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor urge the EPA to permit small vehicle manufacturers to include vehicles and engines in a single engine category and provide additional guidance to small volume manufacturers regarding the conversion of older vehicle models.
            • BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor urge the EPA to continue a natural gas vehicle research, development, and demonstration funding program within its existing budget and personnel levels.
            • BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor encourage the formation of public and private partnerships to increase the states' refueling infrastructure.
            • BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the EPA and to all members of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate.
            1997 Factory Crown Victoria w/ extended tanks ~~ Clunkerized!
            2000 Bi-Fuel Expedition --> ~~ Sold ~~ <--

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            • #7
              Re: Utah Resolution Calls on EPA to Make CNG Refueling Easier

              I have forwarded this resolution, along with a request for a similar resolution for California, with the addition of making changes to CARB's practices, to bring them in line with the EPA, to allow SVM's to work on only one kit/certification, on to the California transportation committees, as well as to office of the Governator.
              1997 Factory Crown Victoria w/ extended tanks ~~ Clunkerized!
              2000 Bi-Fuel Expedition --> ~~ Sold ~~ <--

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              • #8
                Re: Utah Resolution Calls on EPA to Make CNG Refueling Easier

                Just as a point of clarification this is a Resolution, not a House Bill.

                The difference is that a Resolution is just a statement declaring the intent of the legislature. It has no legal standing and no law is made or changed.

                In order for the law to be changed by the legislature in Utah it has to be through a House Bill which is passed by the House and then sent to the state Senate and then to the Governor. It was 2 House Bills in 2008 which changed the tax credit and opened up the state fueling stations to the public.
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                2013 Tesla Model S 85

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                • #9
                  Re: Utah Resolution Calls on EPA to Make CNG Refueling Easier

                  Correct, it is just a resolution, but as there aren't any Utah specific laws this resolution is even talking about, it makes no difference. This is basically a way for the Utah state government to officially voice concern/recommendations to the federal government.
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                  2000 Bi-Fuel Expedition --> ~~ Sold ~~ <--

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