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Over $86,000 in settlement funds go to community colleges, clean-air fund
Settlements benefit education and air quality projects, research
Sacramento - 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.
The 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)
- California Waste Solutions, of Oakland and San Jose, Calif. ($6,500)
- Eel River Disposal Company, of Fortuna, Calif. ($9,600)
- Cummins West Inc., of San Leandro, Calif. ($24,000)
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.
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.