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newsrel -- Pepsi Bottling Group Transporter Settles for $280,125

Posted: 07 Apr 2008 13:59:01
Please consider the following Air Resources Board press release
announcing the recent settlement with Pepsi Bottling Group
Transporter for $280,125.  You can review the release online at:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/nr040708.htm .
Thank You 
Dimitri Stanich

Release 08-24
April 4, 2008
Gennet Paauwe

Pepsi Bottling Group Transporter Settles for $280,125

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board recently fined
New Bern Transport Corporation, one of Pepsi Bottling Group's
overland trucking contractors, $280,125 for violating air
quality laws during 2006-2007.

New Bern failed to inspect their heavy duty diesel trucks,
resulting in increased emissions of harmful pollutants into the
atmosphere. Cities affected by the increased emissions from the
Indianapolis, Ind. based company include: San Diego, Brawley,
Bakersfield, Mojave, Ventura, Santa Maria, Baldwin Park, Carson,
San Fernando, Indio, Buena Park, Riverside, Aliso Viejo,
Sunnyvale, Santa Rosa, Benicia, Hayward, Ukiah, Fresno, Modesto,
Stockton, Salinas, Redding, Eureka and Durham.

"These routine inspections make sure that diesel trucks stay
within their target emission levels," said ARB Chairman Mary
Nichols. "Companies that break the law will be held accountable
and should also carry the burden of putting public health at

The issue was brought to the attention of ARB enforcement
personnel during a routine inspection of New Bern's smoke
testing records, which brought to light the extent of the

As part of the settlement, the responsible New Bern employees
will attend a mandatory diesel education and technology class
and provide certificates of completion within one year, place
emission control labels on all of their heavy duty vehicles and
bring them up to federal emission standards, and provide
documentation for the next four years that smoke inspections are
being carried out on schedule.

ARB will place $210,094 into the California Air Pollution
Control Fund. This fund uses settlement fines to conduct air
pollution research and fund several programs aimed at reducing
emissions as well as educating the public on pollution
prevention. The remaining $70,031 will go to the Peralta
Community College District to fund diesel 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.


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