Proposed Air Quality Rule to Impact Toy Companies with Warehouses in Southern California

April 23, 2021 | The Toy Association is alerting members who have warehouse facilities in Southern California about a new proposed indirect source rule for warehouses issued by California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD).

The proposed rule, which covers warehouses that are greater than 100,000 square feet, will regulate and tax over 3,000 warehouses by requiring owners and operators to either reduce truck emissions (i.e. by using electric trucks) or pay substantial fees to SCAQMD.

The rule would impose additional, permanent costs on warehouses of approximately $.90 per square foot, totaling close to $1 billion annually, and resulting in higher retail prices of consumer products and goods throughout Southern California. More information about the rule can be viewed here. The SCAQMD Board is scheduled to vote on the measure at their May 7 meeting.

Affected companies are encouraged to participate in the LA County’s Business Federation’s one-click grassroots campaign by signing a letter to SCAQMD. Questions about these advocacy efforts may be directed to The Toy Association’s Jennifer Gibbons, vice president of state government affairs.

The Toy Association will keep members apprised of developments.