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  • Santa Maria Valley Chamber Joins Amicus Brief on Warehouse Indirect Source Rule

    The Santa Maria Valley Chamber has joined the US Chamber and CalChamber and other industry organization’s Amicus Brief in the California Trucking Ass’n v. South Coast Air Quality Management District case in federal court. An attached summary of the brief can be found here
     
    CalChamber, the California Trucking Association, a number of Local Chambers and other industry partners provided comments in March 2021 challenging the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s (SCAQMD) proposed Warehouse Indirect Source Rule (ISR). The ISR creates a complicated system of Warehouse Actions and Investments to Reduce Emissions (WAIRE) Points that must be earned by owners and operators of warehouses, mostly through a fee on warehouse operators or by turnover of already regulated mobile sources. 
     
    This rule is a costly and duplicative effort that fails to achieve demonstrable improvements in air quality in the South Coast basin. The goods movement system serves as the lifeblood of California’s economy, delivering essential goods, services, and medicines. Never has this industry been more important than during the COVID-19 pandemic. Grocery store shelves have been stocked, vaccines delivered, and small retailers kept alive by e-commerce thanks to the power of the modern supply chain, allowing Californians to shelter in place and abate the spread of COVID-19.
     
    The lawsuit challenges the legality of the ISR in light of express federal preemption clauses in the CAA and F4A.