Athens Disposal Company Case Settles for $270,000

This page last reviewed April 8, 2010

The California Air Resources Board fined Southern California waste hauler Arakelian Enterprises, also known as Athens Disposal Company, $270,000 for diesel emissions violations.  An ARB investigation showed Athens, based in City of Industry, Calif., failed to properly inspect their diesel vehicles during 2005 and 2006. The company also failed to comply with the solid waste collection vehicle rule by neglecting to install legally required emission-reduction devices from 2004 through 2008. The installation of these devices is critical in the reduction of diesel emissions. The emissions benefits lost during the time that these devices were not installed are of great consequence to the residents where these vehicles travel, denying them cleaner air to breathe.  Athens paid $270,000 in penalties: $202,500 went to the California Air Pollution Control Fund for projects and research to improve California's air quality. The Peralta Community College District received $33,750 to fund emissions education classes conducted by participating California community colleges; and, the remaining $33,750 went to the California Pollution Control Financing Authority which guarantees loans to off-road vehicle fleets that need to buy exhaust retrofits to comply with state regulations.