SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board fined Anaheim Trucking $85,000 in July for diesel emissions violations.
An ARB investigation showed Anaheim Trucking, based in Anaheim, Calif., failed to properly inspect their diesel vehicles during 2005 and 2006. The company also failed to comply with the solid waste collection vehicle rule by neglecting to install proper emission-reduction devices, required by law.
"Companies that ignore clean air requirements must pay the price," said Chairman Mary D. Nichols. "Controlling diesel emissions is a top priority to protect the air we breathe."
ARB offered Anaheim Trucking an opportunity to settle the violations for $50,500; the company rejected it. Their actions led ARB to file a complaint with the State Attorney General's office. Subsequently, the case was settled for $85,000. If Anaheim Trucking fails to comply with the regulations, an additional $115,000 will be added to the penalty.
As part of the settlement, Anaheim Trucking is required to:
Anaheim Trucking will pay $85,000 in penalties: $68,000 will go to the California Air Pollution Control Fund for projects and research to improve California's air quality. The Peralta Community College District will receive $8,500 to fund emissions education classes conducted by participating California community colleges; and, the remaining $8,500 will go to the California Pollution Control Financing Authority which guarantees loans to off-road vehicle fleets that need to buy exhaust retrofits to comply with state 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.
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.
The energy challenge facing California is real. Every Californian needs to take immediate action to reduce energy consumption. For a list of simple ways you can reduce demand and cut your energy cost, see our web site at http://www.arb.ca.gov