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newsrel -- Reward Leasing Inc. pays $534,000 in air quality penalties

Posted: 19 Jul 2011 11:29:43
Waste disposal company reaches settlement on diesel truck

Air Resources Board 
Press Release 
Release #:11-30

ARB PIO: (916) 322-2990
Karen Caesar
Direct Line: (626)575-6728

Reward Leasing Inc. pays $534,000 in air quality penalties 

Waste disposal company reaches settlement on diesel truck

The California Air Resources Board today announced that Rewards
Leasing Inc., a waste management company, paid $534,000 for
diesel truck air quality violations.

A $400,500 payment will go to the California Air Pollution
Control Fund, established to decrease air pollution through
education and the advancement and use of cleaner  technologies,
and $133,500 goes to the non-profit Climate Protection Campaign
to fund a project dedicated to reducing emissions from solid

“The danger of uncontrolled or faulty exhaust controls on trash
trucks is particularly serious because they spend most of their
time operating in neighborhoods where we live and our children
play,” said ARB Enforcement Chief James Ryden. “When industry
complies with state rules by installing and maintaining exhaust
controls, our communities are safer.”

Self-reported compliance records reviewed by ARB enforcement
staff indicated that Reward Leasing, also doing business as
Northbay Corporation based in Santa Rosa, Calif., neglected to
install required emission-reduction devices on their diesel
refuse trucks. Additionally, the company failed to properly
inspect the trucks to assure engine exhaust meets state smoke
emission standards.

Under the settlement, Reward Leasing must:

• Submit annual reports verifying compliance with regulations for
2011 and 2012;
• Install devices on the exhaust systems to reduce nitrogen oxide
emissions (NOx), a smog causing pollutant;
• Send appropriate staff to classes on diesel technology and
exhaust treatment;
• Prove engines meet standards by affixing emission control
labels; and,
• Instruct employees to comply with vehicle idling regulations.

Diesel exhaust contains a variety of harmful gases and over 40
other known cancer-causing compounds. In 1998, California
identified diesel particulate matter as a toxic air contaminant
based on its potential to cause cancer, premature death and other
health problems.


ARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare,
and ecological resources through effective reduction of air
pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the
economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in
California to attain and maintain health based air quality

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