Sterling Pacific Meat Co. Case Settles for $16,500

This page last reviewed December 29, 2011

In March 2011, Sterling Pacific Meat Co. agreed to pay $16,500.00 in penalties for violating air quality regulations: $12,375.00 will go to the California Air Pollution Control Fund, which provides funding for projects and research to improve California's air quality; $4,125.00 will go to Peralta Community College District to fund emission education classes conducted by participating California community colleges, under the California Council for Diesel Education and Technology (CCDET) program. This settlement was reached in April 2011. The payments will be made in four installations with the first one received on March 18, 2011. An investigation by the Air Resources Board (ARB) showed that Sterling Pacific Meat Co. failed to comply with the Periodic Smoke Inspection Program (PSIP) by not smoke testing diesel vehicles in its fleet and the Transport Refrigeration Unit (TRU) rule by not upgrading its TRU engines to meet the TRU in-use performance standards. To settle the case, Sterling Pacific Meat Co. agreed to the $16,500.00 penalty and to comply with the PSIP and the TRU rule.