An informational workshop will be held Thursday in Redding on new emissions control regulations for diesel engines. The meeting is hosted by the California Air Resources Board –also known as “CARB”- which has been wanting to impose the regulations for several years, but has submitted to numerous delays. Smog checks for diesels is a key part of the state’s ambitious carbon reduction plans. Implementation has been delayed several times through the recession, not only because of the financial burden it would impose but also because the slowed economy has idled many diesel engines that would be building and hauling in more prosperous times. Many people in the Northstate have argued that our air is not that dirty and therefore shouldn't be subject to the same rules as Southern California. The Redding City Council issued a resolution in September stating that Northern California doesn't have a Smog problem, that much of the supporting data for the rules is bunk, and that they would cause significant economic harm to an already-reeling economy. CARB has given another partial reprieve from the January first deadline. They're allowing an extension to July 1st, but only for those who can prove they've made a good faith effort to comply. that means they have to show they've made a binding agreement to buy a particulate filter or show they've tried to get a loan to do so. Public input will be welcomed at Thursday's meeting at Redding City Council Chambers from 10AM to 2PM.