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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 ARB/PIO Release 08-34 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 7, 2008 Dimitri Stanich 916-322-2990 www.arb.ca.gov 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 program. 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 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 e