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newsrel -- Refrigeration Service pays $35,550 air pollution penalty

Posted: 03 Oct 2008 11:28:04
Millard Refrigerated Service will pay $26,662.50  

Release 08-89
October 3, 2008
Karen Caesar
(626) 575-6728

Southern California Refrigeration Service pays $35,550 air
pollution penalty

Company failed to submit required data on large cold storage

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board fined Millard
Refrigerated Service of Omaha, Nebraska, $35,550 earlier this
month for air pollution violations discovered at its Mira Loma,
California cold storage facility.

ARB inspectors found that Millard Refrigerated Service failed to
submit data by the Jan. 31, 2006 deadline, violating the
Transport Refrigeration Unit regulation.

"Because our state has the poorest air quality in the nation, we
cannot afford to overlook any infractions," said ARB Chairman
Mary Nichols. "We hope that each penalty serves as an effective
deterrent and a reminder that everyone plays a part in cleaning
up our air."

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.

Millard Refrigerated Service will pay $26,662.50 to the
California Air Pollution Fund, established to mitigate various
sources of pollution through education and use of cleaner
technology, and $8,887.50 to the Peralta Community College
District to fund diesel emissions technology education programs
at community colleges.

Monitoring companies that utilize diesel-powered refrigeration
units is key to improving air quality. Diesel exhaust contains a
variety of harmful gases and over 40 other known cancer-causing
substances. In 1998, California identified diesel exhaust as a
toxic air contaminant based on its potential to cause cancer,
premature death, and other health problems. People exposed to
higher levels of emissions from diesel-fueled engines are at
higher risk for developing cancer.

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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