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newsrel -- Businesses fined over $383,000 for air quality violations

Posted: 09 Jan 2012 16:28:08
Settlement of 53 cases generates $57,000 for community colleges,
$326,000 for pollution control research and projects. 

Release #:12-01
Date:01/09/2012

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CONTACT:

Karen Caesar
626-575-6728
kcaesar@arb.ca.gov


Businesses fined over $383,000 for air quality violations

Settlement of 53 cases generates $57,000 for community colleges,
$326,000 for pollution control research and projects

SACRAMENTO - The Air Resources Board announced today settlement
payments of $383,375 for 53 air quality violation cases in the
third quarter of 2011. Settlements from the cases will benefit
California community colleges and help fund air quality research
and clean-air projects.

The majority of the violations involved truck and bus fleets that
failed to conduct the annual emissions tests that ensure
clean-running engines, as required by law.

“Businesses play a vital role in environmental protection,” said
Paul Jacobs, Chief of ARB’s Mobile Source Enforcement Branch. 
“We work hard to establish and maintain good relationships so
that we can educate business owners and keep them updated. 
However, if errors are made and air quality suffers as a result,
we are required to take action.”

Of the $383,375.00 collected, $326,275.50 went to the California
Air Pollution Control Fund to support air quality projects and
research to improve California's air quality.  The Peralta
Community College District received $56,130.75, and $968.75 went
to the Palomar College Foundation, to fund emission education
classes under the California Council for Diesel Education and
Technology program.

The five companies paying the highest amounts:

   - Foresthill Motorsports, LLC paid $155,000 for selling 29
motorcycles that were illegal for use in California.
   - Tahoe Truckee Disposal Co., Inc. paid $25,125 for failure to
comply with diesel fleet self-inspection requirements, and
neglecting to install required emission-reduction devices.
    - Alcal-Arcade Contracting, Inc. paid $21,075 for failing to
self-inspect its diesel fleets and for not affixing emission
control labels to engines.
    - Kenyon Plastering, Inc. paid $21,000 for failing to inspect
its diesel fleet and for not affixing emission control labels to
engines.
    - Redding Yamaha SeaDoo paid $20,000 for removing emissions
control equipment from motorcycles, rendering them uncertified
and illegal for sale in California.


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.

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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