The California Air Resources Board last month settled with a Norwell,
Mass., heavy-duty diesel fleet for $55,500 for failing to inspect its
trucks for compliance with smoke emissions standards at fleet centers
throughout the state.
investigators found that Clean Harbors Environmental Services, failed
to conduct diesel truck smoke tests in 2008 and 2009, as required by
state law. Clean Harbors provides environmental services and
emergency response for the transportation industry.
in California requires fleet owners ensure that their rigs are clean,”
said ARB Enforcement Chief Jim Ryden. “Failure to meet emissions
standards jeopardizes public health and also creates an unfair playing
field for those companies who follow the law.”
Under the settlement, Clean Harbors must:
that staff responsible for compliance with the diesel truck emission
inspection program attend diesel education courses and provide
certificates of completion within one year;
- Instruct vehicle operators to comply with the state’s idling regulations;
- Complete heavy-duty diesel engine software and control technology upgrades in compliance with regulations;
- Supply all smoke inspection records to ARB for the next four years; and,
- Properly label engines to ensure compliance with engine emissions certification regulations.
California Air Pollution Control Fund, established to mitigate various
sources of pollution through education and the advancement and use of
cleaner technology, will receive $41,625, and the remaining $13,875
will go to the Peralta Community College District to fund diesel
education classes throughout the state.
to inspect diesel vehicles can lead to an increase in harmful airborne
particles that Californians breathe. In 1998, the ARB listed diesel
particulate matter as a toxic air contaminant in order to protect
public health. Exposure to diesel emissions can increase the risk of
asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory diseases.
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.