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newsrel -- KS Industries fined $230,000 for diesel fleet violations

Posted: 21 Oct 2013 09:51:48
Please consider the following news release from the California
Air Resources Board:


News Release 13-64

October 21, 2013

Karen Caesar

KS Industries fined $230,000 for diesel fleet violations 

Company failed to install filters to reduce diesel emissions

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board has fined
Bakersfield-based KS Industries, an engineering and construction
firm, $230,250 for failing to update its diesel trucks to clean
up harmful emissions as required by state anti-pollution laws.

ARB investigators cited the company for missing two key
compliance deadlines.  KS Industries failed to clean up its fleet
in accordance with the State Truck and Bus Regulation,
retrofitting 1996 – 1999 model year heavy duty trucks with diesel
particulate filters by Jan. 1, 2012, and 2000 – 2004 model year
trucks by Jan. 1, 2013.  

 “The Air Resources Board is committed to improving air quality
and educating business owners about how to comply with the
regulations that were created to help achieve this goal,” said
ARB Enforcement Chief Jim Ryden. “All businesses that depend on
their vehicle fleets need to pay attention to the specific
deadlines of the State Truck and Bus Regulation, and understand
that ignoring or forgetting them can result in a hefty fine.” 

Of the $230,250 owed by KS Industries, $172,688 was paid to the
California Air Pollution Control Fund to fund air pollution
research, while the remaining $57,562 has been paid to the San
Joaquin Valley Air Pollution District to fund the School Bus
Retrofit Supplemental Environmental Project.

In addition, as part of the settlement, KS Industries will also:
•	Ensure that staff responsible for compliance with the diesel
truck emission inspection program attend a diesel education
course and provide certificates of completion within six months;
•	Instruct vehicle operators to comply with the state’s idling
•	Ensure that trucks have the most recent engine-operating
software installed to limit the amount of NOx (NOx, or oxides of
nitrogen, is a primary ingredient of smog);
•	Ensure that all 1974 and newer diesel-powered vehicles are up
to federal emissions standards for the vehicle model year and are
properly labeled with an engine certification label.
•	Become compliant with the Truck and Bus Regulation by November
15, 2013. 

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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