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newsrel -- ARB settles air quality case with Mex-Cal Trucklines for $300K

Posted: 10 May 2013 15:01:27
Please consider the following news release from the California
Air Resources Board:



May 10, 2013

John Swanton
(626) 575-6965
ARB settles air quality case with Mex-Cal Trucklines for $300K

Monies will go to support air quality research

Sacramento - The California Air Resources Board has fined Mex-Cal
Truckline Inc. of Otay Mesa $300,000 for violating state air
pollution laws by dispatching non-compliant vehicles that serve
regulated intermodal rail yards in 2011 and 2012.
“In the not too distant past, the short-haul trucks that picked
up cargo from our busy ports and rail yards were among the oldest
and dirtiest on the roads,” said ARB’s Enforcement Chief Jim
Ryden.  “But thanks to the Drayage Truck Regulation adopted by
the ARB in 2007, these vehicles must be upgraded according to a
strict timetable.  This company learned an expensive lesson and
we are hopeful that they will never have to pay us another

Under the terms of the settlement, Mex-Cal will pay its fine to
the California Air Pollution Control Fund to support air quality

Mex-Cal Truckline provides regional trucking services and
intermodal trucking service from Mexico to California. The
company has been cited previously for violations of the state’s
Periodic Smoke Inspection Program which requires annual emissions
testing. ARB referred that case to the Attorney General’s office
and a court judgment and injunction against Mex-Cal was issued in
2008.  Mex-Cal has cooperated fully with ARB during this latest

As required by ARB’s Drayage Regulation all 1994 – 2004 engine
model year Class 8 (33,001 lbs. Gross Vehicle Weight Rating or
greater) drayage trucks were required to have a diesel soot
filter as of January 1, 2012.  In addition, they must meet 2007
engine-emissions standards as of January 1, 2014.  All 2007 –
2009 models are compliant through 2022; 2010 and newer model-year
trucks are fully compliant. (Requirements for the lighter Class 7
trucks vary slightly.)  Drayage truck owners are encouraged to
visit here for additional information:  Drayage Truck Information

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.

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