Regulatory Compliance for Mobile Sources and Fuels


Fuels Regulations Services

News Flash Listen to the latest episode of Convenience Matters where Alex Marcucci discusses how the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard impacts the fuel market.  163 Challenges and Successes With Low Carbon Fuel Standard Programs Alex Marcucci // Sr. Engineer // Trinity Consultants   Compliance with fuel regulations requires an informed and in-depth knowledge of all of the pertinent federal and state regulations. Trinity Consultants has fuel specialists with this expertise who provide a wide range of services related to transportation fuel regulations to clients such as refineries, biofuel producers, bulk fuel traders, third-party resellers, importers, and distributors. Our experienced staff assists clients with regulatory development participation as well as compliance with regulatory requirements. With respect to the former, we attend public workshops, produce digests of regulatory requirements and actions, and assist clients in drafting comments and testimony on proposed regulations and amendments. In addition, we provide expert technical support to clients involved in litigation challenging new or amended regulations as well as in government enforcement actions and relevant commercial disputes. Our fuels regulatory and compliance services include:  Provide support with federal and state gasoline program compliance Averaging, banking, and trading of sulfur and benzene creditsFlexibility and hardship provisionsFuel certificationFuel distributor and blender registrationBulk terminal fuel handlingPipeline fuel specifications   Assist with Renewable Fuel Standard compliance RIN transaction reportingRenewable Volume Obligation (RVO) calculationEconomic and environmental assessments   Assist with federal GHG reporting requirements System registration and GHG report filingCompliance analysis for importers and bulk fuel purchasers   Support compliance with CARB's Low Carbon Fuel Standard LCFS quarterly credit data analysisLCFS market participation and credit transaction managementFuel pathway processing, application, and life cycle analysisFuel transaction/product transfer document reviewLCFS quarterly report preparationCredit calculation and economic analysis   Provide support with CARB's Alternative Diesel Fuel regulation Fuel records and blend data reviewQuarterly ADF report preparationRegulatory cost analysis   Assist with California Cap-and-Trade requirements Mandatory Reporting Rule report preparationCompliance status assessmentBenchmark and allowance allocation calculations   Miscellaneous Support CVS monthly newsletter covering all California regulatory events and activity related to fuels and mobile sources (available by subscription)Customized updates on all new federal and state regulatory activity (workshops, workgroup meetings, panel meetings, public meetings, Board hearings, seminars etc.)General education and training services to fuel producers, importers, marketers, distributors, and blendersAssistance with written and verbal communications with regulatory agencies  For assistance, contact Jim Lyons at jlyons@trinityconsultants.com or (916) 273-5138 or Alex Marcucci at amarcucci@trinityconsultants.com or (916) 273-5133.

 

Mobile Source Support and Engine Certification

In 2014, Trinity acquired Sierra Research, expanding its ability to provide a wide range of mobile source modeling and certification support services as described below. Mobile Source Modeling Analysis Our team has an extensive history with mobile source emission factor, emission inventory and vehicle simulation models - covering both model development and model application. Models include U.S. EPA's MOVES, MOBILE, and NONROAD series and the California Air Resources Board's (CARB's) EMFAC and OFFROAD series. We also develop customized versions of MOVES, MOBILE, NONROAD, and EMFAC to address specific clients' needs and have adapted and implemented a vehicle simulation model, VEHSIM, for a variety of applications. Vehicle and Engine Certification and In-Use Compliance Support We have considerable experience in assisting manufacturers in negotiating the complex process of applying for both federal and California emission certification. The assistance we provide ranges from reviewing certification materials and data and providing advice, to completing all required paperwork/electronic filings for a manufacturer. Trinity also has extensive experience working with manufacturers to resolve in-use compliance issues with the California Air Resources Board and U.S. EPA. For assistance with mobile source testing, modeling, and certification support services, please email Jim Lyons at jlyons@trinityconsultants.com, Edward Gardetto at egardetto@trinityconsultants.com, or call us at (916) 444-6666.