Image source does not exist News Release: 2010-01-13 San Bernardino County waste hauler fined $307,200 for emissions violations

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Karen Caesar

San Bernardino County waste hauler fined $307,200 for emissions violations

Sacramento - The California Air Resources Board fined Burrtec Waste Industries, Inc. $307,200 in November for emissions violations during 2005 and 2006.

An ARB investigation showed Burrtec Waste Industries, Inc. located in Fontana, Calif., failed to properly inspect their diesel vehicles. The company also failed to comply with the solid waste collection vehicle rule by neglecting to retrofit some of their diesel vehicles with the required emission-reduction devices.

"Trash haulers work hard to move waste out of our communities, and they burn a lot of diesel fuel close to where people live and work," said ARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols. "That's why California law requires that their engines be maintained and inspected to keep pollution as low as possible."

As part of the settlement, Burrtec Waste Industries is required to:

Burrtec Waste Industries, paid $307,200 in penalties: $230,400 went to the California Air Pollution Control Fund for projects and research to improve California's air quality. The Peralta Community College District received $76,800 to fund emissions education classes at California community colleges throughout the state.

Diesel exhaust contains a variety of harmful gases and over 40 other known cancer-causing substances. In 1998, California identified diesel exhaust as a toxic air contaminant based on its potential to cause cancer, premature death and other health problems. New research links vehicle exhaust and lung cancer mortality in trucking industry workers exposed to diesel and other types of vehicle emissions with increasing years of work.

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.