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newsrel -- ARB settles with Coca-Cola Bottling

Posted: 31 Jul 2007 12:50:01
Please consider the following Air Resources Board press release
announcing the recent settlement with Coca-Cola Bottling Company
of Los Angeles.  You can also review the release online at:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/nr073107.htm .
Thank You
Dimitri Stanich

Release 07-28
July 31, 2007

Dimitri Stanich
(916) 322-2990 

ARB settles with Coca-Cola Bottling Company for $528,500

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board announced today
that it has negotiated a settlement with Coca-Cola Bottling
Company of Los Angeles for $528,500 as a result of failure to
properly inspect its diesel truck fleet for smoke emissions.

ARB documented violations of the Periodic Smoke Inspection
Program, which requires annual smoke opacity tests of
California-based fleets. The program, in conjunction with to
ARB's roadside smoke inspection program, is used to ensure that
all of California's heavy-duty vehicles are properly maintained,
tamper-free and free from excessive smoke.

"The best way for corporations to avoid penalties is to keep
their vehicles maintained to engine manufacturers'
specifications," said Tom Cackette, ARB Acting Executive
Officer. "ARB also encourages fleet maintenance personnel to
attend training programs to become skilled on vehicle inspection

The California Air Pollution Fund will receive $396,375 and
Peralta Community College District will receive $132,125 to
distribute to campuses offering diesel education and technology
courses. Coca-Cola will require staff responsible for compliance
with smoke inspection programs to attend this training class, and
is committed to compliance with clean air programs.

Diesel soot accounts for 70 percent of Californians exposure to
toxics. Los Angeles residents are at particular risk since the
region has the state's most pressing air quality 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.

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