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newsrel -- Bay Area ready mix company fined $7,000 for air quality violations Posted: 30 Dec 2008 11:45:35
Diesel exhaust creates 70 percent of the airborne carcinogens in California's air. Release 08-106 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 30, 2008 Leo Kay (916)322-2825 www.arb.ca.gov Bay Area ready mix company fined $7,000 for air quality violations SACRAMENTO - The Air Resources Board fined an East Bay concrete ready mix company $7,000 this month for failing to inspect its heavy-duty diesel fleets for 2007 and 2008. An ARB investigation showed that Berkeley-Oakland Ready Mix, subsidiary of Hanson Aggregates, personnel failed to inspect and maintain records for their diesel truck fleet, as required by California law. Annual smoke tests are required for diesel truck fleet, in conjunction with ARB's roadside smoke inspection program; the law ensures that all vehicles are properly maintained, tamper-free and free from excessive smoke. "Diesel truck inspections and maintenance part of doing business in California," said ARB Chairman Mary Nichols. "Customers expect businesses to follow the law." As part of the settlement, the Berkeley-Oakland Ready Mix is required to: * Guarantee employees responsible for conducting the inspections attend a mandatory California community college 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 all heavy-duty truck engine software with the latest Low-NOx (oxides of nitrogen emissions) programming; and, * Ensure that all diesel trucks meet federal emissions standards for the vehicle model year and are properly labeled with an emission control label. Berkeley-Oakland Ready Mix will pay $7,000 in penalties: $5,250 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 $875 to fund emissions education classes conducted by participating California community colleges. The remaining $875 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 other known cancer-causing compounds. In 1998, California identified diesel particulate matter as a toxic air contaminant based on its potential to cause cancer, premature death, and other health problems. 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. #####