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newsrel -- ARB receives $42,000 settlement

Posted: 01 May 2008 11:30:04
Please consider the following Air Resources Board press release
announcing the recent settlement with Service Rock Products. 
You can review the release online here:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/nr050108.htm .
Thank You
Dimitri Stanich 
Release 08-31
May 1, 2008
Dimitri Stanich

Building Material Supplier Settles with ARB for $42,000

SACRAMENTO - Last week Service Rock Products paid $42,000 to
settle truck emissions violations that occurred in the
high-desert area of California in 2005 and 2006.

Service Rock Products, based in Victorville, Calif., provides
concrete, aggregate and other building supplies to clients as
well as offering material transport service. An ARB enforcement
audit found that the company had not been inspecting its trucks
annually for smoke emissions.

"The inspection program is a necessary and simple step to ensure
that vehicles stay clean and meet California's standards on air
quality. By following these standards we can achieve healthier
air for our state," said ARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols.

The inspections are designed to make sure that diesel trucks
meet California emissions standards. Failing to conduct these
inspections can lead to an increase of toxic diesel particulate
matter and smog-forming nitrogen oxides in the air.

As part of the settlement, Service Rock employees responsible
for the inspections must attend a mandatory class on diesel
emissions within the next year. The company must also provide
documentation to ARB that the inspections are being carried out
for the next four years. Lastly, Service Rock must ensure all
its diesel trucks are up to federal emissions standards for the
vehicle model year and are properly labeled with an emission
control label.

Per the terms of the settlement, Service Rock will pay $42,000
in penalties; $31,500 will go to the California Air Pollution
Control Fund, which provides funding for projects and research
to improve California's air quality with the remaining $10,500
to Peralta Community College District to fund emission education

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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