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newsrel -- Costco pays $40,000 for clean air violations in Mira Loma, Tracy

Posted: 09 May 2008 12:06:38
Costco pays $40,000 for clean air violations in Mira Loma, Tracy

Wholesaler failed to file transport refrigeration facilities
report on time



The California Air Resources Board fined Costco Wholesale Corp.,
of Issaquah, Wash., $40,200 last week for failure to comply with
state transport refrigeration unit laws.

 You may view the full news release below or at the following
link:

http://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/nr050908.htm

Release 08-37
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
May 9, 2008 

Contact:
Gennet Paauwe
916) 322-2990
www.arb.ca.gov 

 

Costco pays $40,000 for clean air violations in Mira Loma,
Tracy

Wholesaler failed to file transport refrigeration facilities
report on time



SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board fined Costco
Wholesale Corp., of Issaquah, Wash., $40,200 last week for
failure to comply with state transport refrigeration unit laws.

ARB inspectors found that Costco filed late and incomplete
reports for its Mira Loma and Tracy, Calif., distribution
facilities, violating the Transport Refrigeration Unit
facilities regulation.

Facilities with 20 or more cold storage loading docks are
required to monitor, keep records and report activities that
create emissions, including diesel-powered refrigeration units
mounted on trucks, trailers, shipping containers and rail cars.
These activities take place during the loading and unloading of
perishables goods at distribution centers around the state.

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 $30,150
and the Peralta Community College District will get $10,050 from
Costco to fund diesel education courses. The company also
voluntarily provided additional information about operating
schedules, facility diagrams and estimated loading and idling
times at the two facilities in question to ARB investigators.

A decade ago, the ARB listed diesel particulate matter as a
toxic air contaminant in order to protect public health. Since
then, 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. ARBís 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 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


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