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newsrel -- ARB fines Escondido company for air pollution violations

Posted: 07 May 2008 12:13:38
Please consider the following Air Resources Board press release
announcing the recent settlement with Escondido based Southland
Paving.  You can review the release online here:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/nr050708b.htm .
Thank you
Dimitri Stanich
Release 08-34
May 7, 2008
Dimitri Stanich

ARB fines Escondido company for air pollution violations

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board fined an
Escondido paving company nearly $8,000 for failing to meet fleet
inspection requirements for the state's smoke inspection

Southland Paving, Inc. will pay $7,879 following state
investigators' finding that the company had not inspected its
fleet for smoke emissions in 2005.

"Companies must do their part to ensure their fleets are running
clean," said ARB Chairman Mary Nichols. "In addition to paying a
fine, Southland Paving's staff will go back to school for a
refresher course on fleet air pollution requirements."

Under the penalty agreement, Southland Paving 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;
    * Upgrade pollution control software on all trucks in
company's fleet; and
    * Supply all smoke inspection records to ARB for 2008 and
subsequent years. 

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 nearly
$6,000. The remainder will go to the Peralta Community College
District to fund diesel education classes.

The San Diego region faces continued 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

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 e

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