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newsrel -- Enforcement Efforts Stepped Up in 2006

Posted: 12 Jun 2007 13:48:46
Please consider the following Air Resources Board press release
announcing the success of recent enforcement actions.  You can
see the release online at:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/nr061207.htm .
Thank you
Dimitri Stanich


Release 07-21  	   	   	 
June 12, 2007 	  	

Gennet Paauwe
Patricia Rey
(916) 322-2990

The Air Resources Board's Enforcement Efforts Stepped Up in

SACRAMENTO - The ARB's enforcement program has grown to keep
pace with an array of operational demands from testing
heavy-duty diesel vehicles for smoke emissions and tampering,
intercepting imports of illegal vehicles, engines and consumer
products; to keeping school buses from idling too long and too
close to children's developing lungs. The program's growth has
been accompanied by an increase in the number of enforcement
actions in 2006 of more than 26% from the year before.

"Keeping California in compliance is a big job, but it is a
crucial task to keep moving toward our goal of clean air," said
ARB Chairman Dr. Robert Sawyer.

The ARB 2006 Annual Report of Enforcement Activities key
highlights are:

    * 1,992 cases/citations closed
    * $6.7 million in penalties collected
    * More than 70 inspections in Environmental Justice areas
(881 violations issued)
    * Over 17,000 heavy-duty vehicles inspected
    * Over 4,300 commercial vehicle and school bus idling
    * Over 800 gasoline cargo tank trucks inspected
    * More than 523 million gallons of gasoline represented in
    * More than 230 million gallons of diesel fuel represented
in sampling
    * More than 14,000 inspections for red-dyed diesel fuel
    * Over 2,600 consumer product samples gathered during
    * More than 500 inspections of portable fuel containers and
    * More than 1,300 locomotive inspections (33 violations
    * Over 140 training programs
    * Emphasized enforcement of the school bus/delivery vehicle
idling program
    * Increased enforcement of commercial vehicle idling 

Violations of California's air quality laws and regulations
range from minor breaches of the State's regulations to criminal
actions. The enforcement program ensures the ARB's research,
modeling and assessment; and development and adoption of
regulations achieve the anticipated emission reductions for a
healthier California.

The ARB is responsible for controlling emissions from statewide
sources of air pollution, mobile sources, toxic air contaminants
and consumer products. Additionally, ARB oversees the efforts of
35 local air pollution agencies. To review the ARB 2006 Annual
Report of Enforcement Activities, please visit http://

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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