Key Disposal, Inc. Case Settles for $500,000

This page last reviewed April 8, 2010

The Air Resources Board last month fined Montebello-based waste hauler Key Disposal, Inc., $500,000 for failing to adequately inspect its fleet and retrofit some of its vehicles with diesel filters as required by State law.  ARB initially offered to settle with Key Disposal for a lower amount, however, because no agreement was reached, the Office of the California Attorney General sued the company in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The case was ultimately settled for $500,000. According to the court order, the company will pay $250,000 and the balance of the fine will be stayed, pending no further violations. Payments will be made to the Air Pollution Control Fund, which supports research and projects to improve air quality.  As a condition of the settlement, Key Disposal was required to bring their entire fleet of vehicles into compliance with ARB programs and regulations. The vehicles must remain in compliance as long as they are in use. In addition, Key Disposal employees responsible for fleet maintenance must complete a community college diesel emissions compliance education class conducted by the California Council on Diesel Education and Technology.