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newsrel -- FleetPride Inc. to pay $418,500 penalty for violating California air pollution laws

Posted: 01 Apr 2014 12:08:45
Please consider the following news release from the California
Air Resources Board: http://bit.ly/1e9ymp4

April 1, 2014



Melanie Turner
(916) 322-2990

FleetPride Inc. to pay $418,500 penalty for violating California
air pollution laws

Sacramento - A Texas-based automotive products distributor has
entered into a settlement agreement with the California Air
Resources Board, agreeing to pay $418,500 in penalties for
supplying illegal windshield washer fluid to retailers throughout
the state.

The de-icing windshield washer fluid products distributed by
FleetPride Inc. contained smog-causing chemicals at levels
considered illegal in all areas of California. In most cases, the
products contained concentrations of volatile organic compounds
exceeding 25 percent, an upper limit for this type of product
under a state consumer products regulation. Windshield washer
fluid with a VOC content of 25 percent is allowed for sale only
in the more mountainous areas of California that routinely
experience freezing temperatures in winter.

The penalty in such cases, in which products exceed state limits
for smog-forming VOCs, is based on the amount of excess VOCs
emitted from the products. In this case, it is estimated that
more than 31 tons of VOCs were emitted as a result of direct
sales to consumers.

These compounds are regulated by the ARB because they react with
other pollutants under sunlight to form ground-level ozone, a
main ingredient in smog. VOCs are used in windshield washer fluid
as an anti-freeze. 

“It is important that the composition of windshield washer fluid
meets ARB’s VOC limits established for the region where it is
sold,” said Jim Ryden, ARB’s enforcement chief. “Our goal is to
protect public health.”

During the course of an ARB investigation, it was discovered that
FleetPride was distributing several windshield washer fluid
products that do not comply with a state consumer products
regulation ranging in size from 1-gallon containers found in
small service stations, repair shops and other commercial outlets
to 55-gallon drums supplied to truck stops. Krystal Kleer
Windshield Washer Fluid 0 Degrees Fahrenheit was among the
products supplied to truck stops.

FleetPride signed the settlement agreement Feb. 7. The illegal
products were in circulation approximately three years before
they were discovered by an ARB staff member. The company later
self-disclosed additional noncompliant products.

FleetPride has agreed to pay $418,500 in penalties under the
settlement. The penalty goes to the California Air Pollution
Control Fund to support projects and research to improve the
state's air quality.

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