Empire – based company failed to inspect its trucks
– The ARB has settled with RDO Equipment Company of Riverside, Calif.,
$15,000 for failing to properly self-inspect its diesel trucks to
assure they meet state smoke emission standards.
violations occurred during 2008 and 2009, when RDO neglected to test,
measure, record and maintain emissions records from its heavy duty
fleet. The ARB considers these practices to be vital tools in
helping to reduce excessive smoke emissions from mobile sources.
ounce of pollution counts,” said ARB Enforcement Chief James
Ryden. “Our laws exist for good reasons. All
to follow the rules and perform the required tests for the sake of our
As part of the settlement, RDO is
Guarantee employees or contractors responsible for conducting the
inspections attend a California community college training class on
diesel emissions compliance testing and provide certificates of
completion within one year;
documentation to ARB that the inspections are being carried out through
Ensure all heavy-duty diesel vehicles have their software updated with
the latest low-NOx (oxides of nitrogen emissions) programming;
Instruct vehicle operators to comply with the state's idling
Ensure all diesel truck engines are up to federal emissions standards
for the vehicle model year and are properly labeled with an emissions
control certification label.
company will pay $11,250 to the California Air Pollution Control Fund
to support projects and research to improve California’s air
quality. The remaining $3,750 will go to the Peralta
College District to fund emissions education classes conducted by
participating California community colleges.
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.
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