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CAWA urges support of lawsuit to protect SoCal warehouses

Association contributes $10,000 to fight WAIRE program that it says will increase costs, eliminate jobs

Sacramento, Calif.—The South Coast Air Quality Management District Governing Board has approved Rule 2305/Warehouse Actions and Investments to Reduce Emissions (WAIRE) Program.

“This is not good news for our members and others in the Industry that have warehouses in the District,” stated CAWA in an email.

“By now, either your business or your association members have likely started to grapple with the immense cost and administrative burden imposed by this rule, which are estimated to cost approximately $1 per year, per square foot of warehousing space operating in Southern California and may eliminate up to 100,000 working class jobs by 2030.”

On Aug. 4, the California Trucking Association (CTA) and its counsel from the internationally recognized law firm Holland and Knight filed a lawsuit challenging the validity of the South Coast AQMD’s WAIRE program.

This lawsuit alleges multiple violations of federal and state law, including: 
• The rule constitutes an impermissible purchase mandate under the Clean Air Act
• The rule impermissibly impacts motor carrier prices, routes and services
• The SCAQMD lacks authority under California Health and Safety Code to impose indirect source rules on existing, unmodified warehouses
• The WAIRE Program mitigation fee constitutes an improper tax

Companies interested in contributing financially to the lawsuit can call CAWA at 800-332-2292.

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