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newsrel -- Donaldson pays $103,000 for selling illegal diesel particulate filters

Posted: 09 Mar 2012 13:17:10
$25,750 to go to clean up school buses in San Joaquin Valley. 

Release #:12-09

ARB PIO: (916) 322-2990

Karen Caesar

Donaldson pays $103,000 for selling illegal diesel particulate

$25,750 to go to clean up school buses in San Joaquin Valley

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board fined Donaldson
Company, Inc. $103,000 for selling illegal diesel filter systems
to be used on trucks and buses in California.

An investigation by the Air Resources Board showed that Donaldson
sold 103 filter systems that did not include a back pressure
monitor, a device essential to the performance of both the filter
and the engine of the vehicle.

“Reducing diesel exhaust is critical to safeguard the health of
Californians,” said ARB Enforcement Chief James Ryden. “Any
equipment that does not comply with the state’s standards cannot
operate legally.”

As a corrective measure, Donaldson voluntarily mounted a service
campaign to upgrade the systems sold in California with a back
pressure monitor and other modifications.

Of the $103,000 paid by the company, $77,250 went to the
California Air Pollution Control Fund to support projects and
research to improve the state's air quality. The San Joaquin
Valley Air Pollution Control District received $25,750 to support
a project that retrofits school buses with diesel filters.

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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