SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board fined the city of Palmdale this week $18,500 for diesel emissions violations that occurred in 2006 and 2007.
An ARB enforcement audit found that the city had not been conducting the required annual periodic smoke emissions inspections on their heavy-duty on-road diesel vehicles. The inspections are part of a system designed to make sure that diesel trucks are compliant with California emissions standards. Failing to conduct these inspections can lead to an increase of toxic diesel particulate matter in the air.
"As part of our crackdown on diesel emissions, our enforcement staff has
been searching for entities in violation of California's air quality standards," said ARB Chairman Mary Nichols.
"Everyone from business owners to city governments are responsible for keeping California's air clean."
Per the terms of the settlement:
Per the terms of the settlement, the city of Palmdale will pay $18,500 in penalties; $13,875 will go to the California Air Pollution Control Fund, which provides funding for projects and research to improve California's air quality with the remaining $4,625 to Peralta Community College District to fund emissions education classes.
A decade ago, the ARB listed diesel particulate matter as a toxic air contaminant in order to protect public health. Exposure to unsafe levels of diesel emissions can increase the risk of asthma, bronchitis, and other respiratory diseases. California has aggressively worked to cut diesel emissions by cleaning up diesel fuel, requiring cleaner engines for trucks, buses and off-road equipment, and limiting unnecessary idling.
The 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.