Image source does not exist News Release: 2010-02-24 Napa Company fined $14,400 for emissions violations

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Dimitri Stanich

Napa Company fined $14,400 for emissions violations

Sacramento - The California Air Resources Board fined Biagi Bros. $14,400 this month for emissions violations during 2008 and 2009.

An investigation by ARB showed Biagi Bros., based in Napa, Calif., failed to properly inspect their diesel-powered vehicles for excess emissions.

“Diesel exhaust is the most common air toxin in California and is detrimental to public health and the environment,” said ARB Enforcement Chief James Ryden. “Routine inspections are an essential component in reducing harmful emissions, and providing clean air for the public.”

The law requires owners of California-registered truck fleets to regularly inspect their vehicles to ensure that their engine emissions meet state air quality regulations.

Biagi Bros. is required to:

Biagi Bros. paid $14,400 in penalties: $10,800 went to the California Air Pollution Control Fund for projects and research to improve California's air quality. The Peralta Community College District received $3,600 to fund emissions education classes conducted by participating California community colleges.

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.