Supervisors Envision Freight Transfer Facility In Needles

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– In response to strict new rules in California for heavy duty diesel trucks, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors today approved a resolution calling for regulatory changes that could allow a freight transfer station in Needles or other California points of entry.

“When new state diesel rules kick in, trucks that don’t meet California’s tough emission standards will have to transfer their loads to cleaner running trucks when they enter the state,” said First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt, who requested the policy statement. “We need to ensure that any freight transfer facilities, also called ‘bump stations,’ are located in our state instead of Arizona or Nevada, so we can capture much-needed jobs and spur the local economy.”

Beginning next year in California, heavy duty diesel trucks must comply with increasingly stringent emissions rules. Trucks that come from out of state or do not comply with California rules will be able to operate only on a very limited basis within the state, meaning their loads will likely have to be transferred to lower emission trucks or to rail.

Needles is located on Interstate 40 at the Arizona border and would be a natural location for such a “bump station.”  Supervisor Mitzelfelt said he would like to see that any “bump station” is located on the California side, especially given the need by the City of Needles for economic development.

The resolution supports legislative or regulatory action that would make it possible for a freight transfer facility to operate on the California side.

The resolution adopted today mirrors a similar resolution adopted unanimously during May by the governing board of the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District. Supervisor Mitzelfelt serves as Vice Chairman of the MDAQMD board.

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