– The California Air Resources Board distributed more than $86,000 to
community colleges and a state clean-air fund in April as a result of
settlements with companies that violated clean air laws.
violations included failure to conduct smoke inspection tests, comply
with trash truck regulations and install certified emissions reduction
equipment on diesel engines.
“Diesel emissions are a serious
health threat to those who live – and work – near these vehicles,” said
ARB Enforcement Chief James Ryden. “Compliance with state rules
ensures that these emissions are kept in check. We’re glad that
these settlements will benefit community colleges and clean-air
research and education.”
These settlements, totaling $86,100,
will be distributed to the California Air Pollution Control Fund and
the Peralta Community College District. The fund will receive $64,575
for projects and research to improve California's air quality.
The remaining $21,525 will go to the college district to fund emissions
education classes conducted by participating California community
colleges around the state.
These settlements were the result of the following violations:
Failure to properly inspect their diesel vehicles, as required by California law, between 2005 and 2009:
- Eggelton Trucking of Temecula, Calif. ($6,000)
- Stidham Trucking Inc. of Yreka, Calif. ($25,500)
- Gill Brothers Trucking Inc. of Fresno, Calif. ($7,000)
- Drake Farms Trucking of San Luis Obispo, Calif. ($7,500)
to properly inspect diesel-powered vehicles between 2007 and 2008; and,
neglecting to install proper emission-reduction devices, required by
- California Waste Solutions, of Oakland and San Jose, Calif. ($6,500)
- Eel River Disposal Company, of Fortuna, Calif. ($9,600)
Installing illegal diesel exhaust retrofits on customer vehicles in 2007 and 2008:
- Cummins West Inc., of San Leandro, Calif. ($24,000)
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 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.