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newsrel -- City of Oxnard fined $12,375 for air emissions violations

Posted: 17 Nov 2008 13:36:46
Money will fund air quality research, education and loan
guarantees . Release 08-97
November 17, 2008
Karen Caesar
(626) 575-6728

City of Oxnard fined $12,375 for air emissions violations

Money will fund air quality research, education and loan

SACRAMENTO – The Air Resources Board fined the City of Oxnard
this month $12,375 for diesel emissions violations that occurred
in 2006 and 2007.

An ARB investigator found that the city had not been annually
inspecting its heavy-duty on-road diesel vehicles. Failing to
conduct these inspections can lead to an increase of toxic diesel
particulate matter in the air. 

“Regular inspections guarantee that fleet owners are doing their
part to help clean up California’s air,” said ARB Chairman Mary
Nichols. “Those that are not performing these tasks will be cited
in our continuing effort to improve air quality.” 

As part of the settlement, the city is required to:

•	Guarantee employees responsible for conducting the inspections
attend a training class on diesel emissions compliance testing
and provide certificates of completion within one year; 

•	Provide documentation to ARB that the inspections are being
carried out for the next four years;

•	Ensure all of the city's heavy-duty diesel vehicles have their
software updated with the latest Low-NOx (oxides of nitrogen
emissions) programming;

•	Comply with ARB’s Public and Utility Fleet rule that requires
the use of exhaust retrofit devices, or replacement with new
vehicles or engines, to meet emissions standards;

•	Make sure all of its heavy-duty diesel vehicles were certified
to federal emissions standards for the vehicle model year and are
properly labeled with an emissions control label; and,
•	Instruct all of its drivers to comply with ARB’s five-minute
idling rule.

The City of Oxnard will pay $12,375 in penalties: $9,281.25 will
go to the California Air Pollution Control Fund, providing
funding for projects and research to improve California’s air
quality. The Peralta Community College District will receive
$1,546.87 to fund diesel emissions education classes conducted by
participating California community colleges, and the remaining
$1,546.88, will go to the California Pollution Control Financing
Authority to fund low-interest loans for owners of off-road
diesel-powered construction vehicles. 

Diesel exhaust contains a variety of harmful gases and over 40
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 increases risk for 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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