Modesto company pays $23,000 for
– The California Air Resources Board settled with SMART Refrigerated
Transport for $23,000 this month for diesel emissions violations at its
Modesto, Calif. facility.
An ARB investigation
showed SMART Refrigerated Transport failed to properly inspect their
diesel vehicles in 2008.
exhaust is the most common air toxic pollutant in California and is a
serious hazard to public health," said ARB Enforcement Chief James
Ryden. “ARB enforcement staff offer training to company employees who
need current information on clean-air requirements.”
law requires owners of California-registered truck fleets to regularly
inspect their vehicles to ensure that their engine emissions meet state
air quality standards.
Transport is required to:
Guarantee employees responsible for conducting the inspections attend a
California community college training class on diesel emissions
compliance testing and provide certificates of completion within one
Provide documentation to ARB that the inspections are being carried out
for the next four years;
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
regulations and other applicable regulations; and,
Ensure all diesel truck engines are up to federal emissions standards
for the vehicle model year and are properly labeled with an emission
control certification label.
Refrigerated Transport paid $23,000 in penalties: $17,250 went to the
California Air Pollution Control Fund for projects and research to
improve California's air quality. The Peralta Community College
District received $5,750 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.
Air Resources Board is a department of the California Environmental
Protection Agency. ARB’s mission is to promote and protect
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
California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.