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Over $100,000 in settlement funds go to community colleges, clean-air fund
SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board distributed more than $100,000 to community colleges and a state clean-air fund last month as a result of settlements with 16 companies that violated clean air laws.
California law requires that companies doing business in the state meet clean air standards and routinely check to make sure their equipment complies with ARB rules.
"California has achieved cleaner skies largely through industry's compliance with state, federal and local air quality laws," said ARB Enforcement Chief James Ryden. "Most companies follow the law; those that don't are only making it harder for Californians to breathe clean air."
The violations included failure to:
• conduct smoke inspections on heavy-duty diesel vehicles;
• report diesel-powered cargo handling equipment;
• comply with trash truck regulations; and,
• install certified emissions reduction equipment on diesel engines.
These settlements, totaling $114,350, will be distributed to the California Air Pollution Control Fund and the Peralta Community College District. The fund will receive $85,762.25 for projects and research to improve California's air quality. The remaining $28,588.75 will go to the college district to fund emissions education classes conducted by participating California community colleges around the state.
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.
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.