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newsrel -- ARB Fines Crown Disposal Posted: 05 May 2008 13:23:30
Please consider the following Air Resources Board press release announcing the recent fines set against Crown Disposal. You can see the release online here: http://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/nr050508.htm . Thank You Dimitri Stanich ARB/PIO Release 08-32 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 5, 2008 Gennet Paauwe 916-322-2990 www.arb.ca.gov ARB Fines Crown Disposal Company $88,000 Trash hauler failed to test diesel fleet for excess emissions, properly label vehicles SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board last week imposed Crown Disposal Company, Inc., with more than $88,000 in fines for a two-year failure to inspect their diesel trucks for compliance with the state's smoke emissions standards, and for violation of trash hauler rules. Crown Disposal, based in Sun Valley, Calif., will pay $88,275 following an ARB investigation that found the company failed to conduct diesel truck smoke tests in 2005 and 2006. Further, a small number of Crown Disposal's trucks were missing ARB-required labels for solid waste collection vehicles. "Compliance with California clean air laws is not an option - it is a requirement," said ARB Chairman Mary Nichols. "Our enforcement teams are on the lookout for business owners who think otherwise." Under the penalty, Crown Disposal must: * Ensure that staff responsible for compliance with the diesel truck emission inspection program attend diesel education courses and provide certificates of completion within one year; * Instruct vehicle operators to comply with the state's idling regulations; * Complete heavy-duty diesel engine software and control technology upgrades in compliance with regulations; * Supply all smoke inspection records to ARB for the next four years; and * Properly label engines to ensure compliance with the engine emissions certification program regulations. The California Air Pollution Control Fund, established to mitigate various sources of pollution through education and the advancement and use of cleaner technology, will receive $66,206.25. The remainder will go to the Peralta Community College District to fund diesel education classes. The South Coast region faces serious particulate matter and ozone problems. 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. 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. The energy challenge facing California is real. Every Californian needs to take immediate action to reduce energy consumption. For a list of simple ways you can reduce demand and cut your energy cost, see our web site at http://www.arb.ca.gov #####