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newsrel -- Two disposal companies are fined a combined $77,875 for violating air quality regulations

Posted: 09 Sep 2013 12:36:04
Please consider the following news release from the California
Air Resources Board:



News Release 13-53

August 9, 2013

Melanie Turner
(916) 322-2990

Two disposal companies are fined a combined $77,875 for violating
air quality regulations

Fines to support diesel training at community colleges, air
quality research 

Sacramento — The California Air Resources Board has fined Redwood
Debris Box Service Inc. of Burlingame and Mountainside Disposal
Inc./Price Disposal Inc. of Bakersfield for violating air quality
regulations related to diesel trucks they operate.

Redwood Debris Box Service agreed to pay $39,250 for violating
the regulations. Mountainside Disposal/Price Disposal has paid
$38,625 in penalties for its violations.

Separate investigations by the Air Resources Board showed each
company failed to install legally required diesel particulate
filters on its trucks by applicable compliance dates.  A diesel
particulate filter is a device used to reduce harmful emissions.
Each company also failed to properly self-inspect its diesel
trucks to ensure they met state smoke emission standards.

Redwood Box Debris Service, which agreed early this year to pay
$39,250 for violating air quality regulations, uses diesel trucks
for solid waste collection. It provides services for recycling
dirt, concrete, green waste, demolition and other materials. 

Mountainside Disposal has a 1,200-square-mile service area. It
holds seven franchise agreements for trash collection services,
including three with Kern County, and agreements with the cities
of Bakersfield and Arvin and the counties of Los Angeles and

Mountainside agreed in April to pay the $38,625 fine and made its
final payment in June. The company has no history of past
violations. As part of the settlement, Mountainside Disposal also
must ensure that staff members who are responsible for compliance
with the diesel truck emission inspection program attend diesel
education courses and provide certificates of completion within
one year.

Seventy-five percent of each fine, or a combined $58,405.75, will
go to the California Air Pollution Control Fund, which provides
funding for projects and research to improve the state’s air
quality. The rest will go to Peralta Colleges Foundation to fund
emission education classes conducted by participating California
community colleges under the California Council for Diesel
Education and Technology program.

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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