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newsrel -- Pep Boys Pays $154,000 for Air Violations

Posted: 27 Dec 2007 16:55:20
Please find the following California Air Resources Board news
release regarding a settlement with Pep Boys for $154,000.

You may view the news release at:

Thank you,
Gennet Paauwe
ARB Office of Communications

California Air Resources Board

Release 07-64

December 27, 2007 

Patrica Rey
(916) 322-2990

Pep Boys pays $154,000 for air violations

ARB imposes penalties for the sale of non-certified all-terrain

SACRAMENTO -Pep Boys Company has agreed to pay $154,000 in
penalties to the Air Resources Board for selling all-terrain
vehicles in California in violation of state air quality

"Retailers who sell engines not certified to meet California
standards will be held fully accountable for their actions,"
said ARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols. "Compliance with our
regulations is a crucial step toward improving air quality and
protecting public health."

In December 2006, Pep Boys sold and offered for sale Baja
Motorsports' Storm 125cc ATVs to California customers. After
becoming aware that the ATVs failed to meet California emissions
requirements, the company reported its violations and settled the

Evaporative emissions from off-road recreational vehicles are a
major source of hydrocarbon emissions in the state especially
during the summer ozone season. California has dramatically
tightened emission standards for off-road mobile sources and the
fuels that power them because they contribute to both ozone-
forming pollutants and carbon monoxide. 

The $154,000 in penalties were paid to the Air Pollution Control
Fund which is used to fund projects that mitigate pollution
through education and the advancement and use of cleaner
technology. This fund uses penalties paid in enforcement actions
to support various pollution-related research projects and
programs. The Legislature controls the use of the Air Pollution
Control Fund through the annual Budget Act.


The Air Resources Board is a department of the California
Environmental Protection Agency. 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 standards.


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