SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board last week fined a Fontana, Calif. heavy-duty diesel fleet $22,875 for failing to inspect its diesel trucks for compliance with the state's smoke emissions standards.
ARB investigators found that Dispatch Transportation, Inc., failed to conduct
diesel truck smoke tests in 2007 and 2008, as required by state law.
"To be competitive in today's economy, being a green business is essential," said ARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols. "Proprietors who think business-as-usual means bypassing California clean air laws are making a reputation as dirty dealers."
Under the penalty, Dispatch Transportation must:
The California Air Pollution Control Fund, established to mitigate various sources
of pollution through education and the advancement and use of cleaner technology, will receive $17,156.25; $2,859.37
will go to the Peralta Community College District to fund diesel education classes; and, the remaining $2,859.38
to the California Air Pollution Control Financing Authority.
Failure to inspect diesel vehicles can lead to an increase in harmful airborne particles that Californians breathe. In 1998, the ARB listed diesel particulate matter as a toxic air contaminant in order to protect public health. Exposure to unsafe levels of diesel emissions can increase the risk of asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory diseases.
The Air Resources Board is a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency. 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.
The energy challenge facing California is real. Every Californian needs to take immediate action to reduce energy consumption. For a list of simple ways you can reduce demand and cut your energy cost, see our web site at http://www.arb.ca.gov