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newsrel -- Pasadena to pay $23,250 to ARB for diesel emission violations

Posted: 25 Jun 2008 12:38:20
Pasadena fined for failing to maintain diesel fleet. 

Release 08-59
June 25, 2008
Karen Caesar

Pasadena to pay $23,250 to ARB for diesel emission violations

City failed to assure diesel fleet complied with state

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board has fined the
City of Pasadena $23,250 for diesel emission violations that
occurred in 2005.

It was revealed during an ARB enforcement audit that the City
had not been conducting the required periodic self inspections
on their diesel vehicles such as garbage trucks and other heavy
duty material transporting vehicles.

"This fine makes it clear that controlling diesel emissions is a
top priority for California," said ARB's Executive Officer James
Goldstene. "Owner operators, large private fleets or, as in this
case, fleets owned by municipalities are all required to obey the
law and follow the regulations and guidelines designed to clean
California's air and protect public health."

The inspections are part of a system designed to make sure that
diesel trucks are compliant with California emissions standards.
Failing to conduct these inspections can lead to an increase of
toxic diesel particulate matter in the air.

As part of the settlement, Pasadena city employees that are
responsible for conducting the inspections must attend a
mandatory class on diesel emissions and provide certificates of
completion within one year. The company must also provide
documentation to ARB that the inspections are being carried out
for the next four years. In addition, all of the City's heavy
duty trucks must have their software revised with the latest Low
NOx programming. Lastly, the City of Pasadena must make sure that
all of their diesel trucks are up to federal emissions standards
for the vehicle model year and are properly labeled with an
emission control label.

Per the terms of the settlement, the City of Pasadena will pay
$23,250 in penalties; $17,375 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
$5,875 to Peralta Community College District to fund emission
education classes.

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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