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newsrel -- Utility Construction Firm Pays ARB $10,000 for Diesel Emission Violations

Posted: 05 Jun 2008 12:13:33
Please consider the following Air Resources Board press release
announcing the recent settlement with a construction company
that failed to conduct required inspections of their diesel
fleet.  You can review the release here:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/nr060508.htm .
Thank You
Dimitri Stanich

Release 08-52
June 6, 2008
Dimitri Stanich
(916) 322-2990

Utility Construction Firm Pays ARB $10,000 for Diesel Emission

Diesel fleets in California must comply with requirements even
if company headquarters outside state

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board has fined
Henkels & McCoy, Inc., a construction firm based in Blue Bell,
Penn. $10,000 for diesel emission violations that occurred in
2006 and 2007 throughout California.

An ARB fleet audit found that the company had not been
conducting the required annual inspections on their heavy duty
diesel vehicles.

"The inspections are part of a system designed to make sure that
diesel trucks meet California's stringent emissions standards,"
said ARB Chairman Mary Nichols. "Failing to conduct these
inspections can lead to an increase of toxic diesel particulate
matter in the air."

As part of the settlement, Henkels & McCoy must comply with the

    * Guarantee employees that are responsible for conducting
the inspections attend a mandatory class on diesel emissions and
provide certificates of completion within one year;
    * Provide documentation to ARB that the inspections are
being carried out for the next four years;
    * Revise truck engine software with the latest Low NOx
programming; and
    * Ensure that all diesel trucks are up to federal emissions
standards for the vehicle model year and are properly labeled
with an engine certification label. 

Per the terms of the settlement, the company will pay $10,000 in
penalties; $7,500 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 $2,500 going 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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