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Over $40,000 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 $40,000 to community colleges and a state clean-air fund in May as a result of settlements with companies that violated clean air laws.
“California law requires that companies must maintain and inspect their diesel vehicles to meet clean air standards,” said ARB Enforcement Chief Jim Ryden. “Companies that take the steps to reduce emissions help keep the states’ air clean.”
These settlements, totaling $43,425 will be distributed to the California Air Pollution Control Fund and the Peralta Community College District. The fund will receive $32,568.75 for projects and research to improve California's air quality. The remaining $10,856.25 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:
Failed to properly inspect their diesel vehicles, as required by California law, between 2007 and 2009:
• HFS North America of Bloomingdale, Ill. ($6,000)
Failed to properly inspect their diesel vehicles and properly attach emissions control labels on their engines:
• Paragon Industries of Fresno, Calif. ($22,125)
Failed to register and provide accurate information to register TRU units:
• Superior Grocers of Santa Fe Springs, Calif. ($15,300)
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.