Image source does not exist News Release: 2010-12-30 Over $1 million in settlement funds go to community colleges, clean air fund

Release #:10-65

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Karen Caesar

Over $1 million in settlement funds go to community colleges, clean air fund

Settlements benefit education and air quality research

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board distributed over $1 million to community colleges and a state clean air fund as a result of settlements with over 62 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.

The California Air Pollution Control Fund will receive just over $1 million for projects and research to improve California's air quality. Over $76,000 will go to the Peralta college district to fund emissions education classes conducted by participating California community colleges around the state.

The funds come from settlements for the following violations:

Fifty-six other companies settled for a total of $629,306 for failure to:

Diesel and gasoline-powered vehicles emit smog-forming pollutants, including nitrogen oxides.  In 1998 the ARB listed diesel particulate matter as a toxic air contaminant in order to protect public health. Diesel exhaust contains a variety of harmful gases and over 40 other known cancer-causing compounds. These emissions are linked to health problems and can exacerbate common respiratory conditions such as asthma.

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.