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newsrel -- Hartwick & Hand, Inc. Settles with ARB

Posted: 25 Feb 2008 14:24:22
Please consider the following ARB press release announcing a
recent settlement with Victorville's Hartwick & Hand, Inc. You
can review the release online here:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/nr022508.htm .
Thank You
Dimitri Stanich


Release 08-15
February 25, 2008
Patricia Rey

Victorville's Hartwick & Hand, Inc. settles with ARB for
Penalties imposed for failure to meet state smoke emission
standards in their fleet's diesel trucks

SACRAMENTO - Hartwick & Hand, Inc. of Victorville recently
settled with the California Air Resources Board for $31,125 for
failing to properly inspect their heavy duty diesel trucks for
compliance with the state's smoke emissions standards.

"California's public health is top priority that should not be
jeopardized by uninspected trucks polluting our air," said ARB
Chairman Mary Nichols. "We will continue to catch and penalize
violators of the state's air quality standards."

As agreed in the settlement, Hartwick and Hand's staff
responsible for compliance with periodic smoke and heavy duty
diesel vehicle inspection programs is required to attend courses
at the California Council on Diesel Education and Technology.
Further, all their heavy duty commercial vehicle operators shall
comply with the state's idling regulations, supply all smoke
inspection records to ARB for the next several years, and have
properly labeled engines to ensure compliance with the engine
emission certification program regulations.

Diesel particulate matter can increase the number and severity
of asthma attacks, cause or aggravate bronchitis and other lung
diseases, and reduce the body's ability to fight infections.
Statewide in 2006, on-road diesel vehicles produced almost
17,000 tons a day of diesel particulate matter, which is 40
percent of the total emitted in California.

A fleet audit by ARB showed that Hartwick & Hand, Inc. failed to
comply with mandated smoke emission standards. The ARB's periodic
smoke and heavy duty diesel vehicle inspection programs require
annual smoke opacity tests of California-based fleets. In
conjunction with the roadside smoke inspection program, ARB uses
these programs to ensure that all of California's heavy duty
vehicles are properly maintained, unaltered and free from
excessive smoke emissions.

ARB will deposit $23,343.75 of the penalty into the California
Air Pollution Control Fund, which was established to mitigate
various sources of pollution through education and the
advancement and use of cleaner technology. This fund uses
compliance settlement fees to fund various pollution-related
research projects and related programs. The additional $7,781.25
from the Hartwick and Hand's penalty will be directed to the
Peralta Community College District to fund diesel technology
education programs.

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.


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