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newsrel -- Businesses fined for air quality violations

Posted: 05 Mar 2012 14:51:20
Settlement of 33 cases generates $57K for community colleges,
$170K for pollution control. 

Release #:12-07
Date:03/05/2012

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

Businesses fined for air quality violations

Settlement of 33 cases generates $57K for community colleges,
$170K for pollution control

SACRAMENTO - The Air Resources Board announced today that during
the fourth quarter of 2011 it settled 33 cases of air quality
violations by trucks and buses, mostly for failure to properly
conduct and pass self-inspections aimed at measuring vehicle
smoke emissions to ensure state requirements are met.

Of the $226,950 collected, $170,400.75 went to the California Air
Pollution Control Fund to support research to improve
California’s air quality.  In addition, $56,549.25 went to the
Peralta Community College District to fund classes at
participating California community colleges under the California
Council for Diesel Education and Technology program.

“The Air Resources Board has a long history of outreach to
businesses to keep them informed about how to keep in compliance
with state laws,” said Paul Jacobs, Chief of ARB’s Mobile Source
Enforcement Branch. “When companies fail to make necessary
changes or neglect to do what is required of them, we have to
take action in order to protect public health.”  

Fines totaled $$226,950; none from this group exceeded $25,000. 
The five companies paying the highest amounts were:

    * Dole Fresh Fruit, fined $24,750 for failing to properly
label its diesel-powered Transport Refrigeration Unit (TRU)
generator sets according to ARB regulations.
    * Hendrickson Trucking Inc., fined $19,875 for failing to
properly self-inspect its diesel trucks to assure the vehicles
met state smoke emission standards.
    * Dynalectric Los Angeles, fined $15,750 for failing to
properly self-inspect its diesel trucks to assure the vehicles
met state smoke emission standards.
    * United Food Group LLC, fined $13,725 for failing to bring
the company’s TRUs into compliance with state requirements, and
for failing to properly self-inspect its diesel trucks to assure
the vehicles met state smoke emission standards.
    * Harrison Trucking, Inc., fined $13,175 for failing to
properly self-inspect its diesel fleet to ensure compliance with
state smoke emission standards. 

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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