Release 08-32
May 5, 2008

    Gennet Paauwe
ARB Fines Crown Disposal Company $88,000
Trash hauler failed to test diesel fleet for excess emissions, properly label vehicles

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board last week imposed Crown Disposal Company, Inc., with more than $88,000 in fines for a two-year failure to inspect their diesel trucks for compliance with the state's smoke emissions standards, and for violation of trash hauler rules.

Crown Disposal, based in Sun Valley, Calif., will pay $88,275 following an ARB investigation that found the company failed to conduct diesel truck smoke tests in 2005 and 2006. Further, a small number of Crown Disposal's trucks were missing ARB-required labels for solid waste collection vehicles.

"Compliance with California clean air laws is not an option - it is a requirement," said ARB Chairman Mary Nichols. "Our enforcement teams are on the lookout for business owners who think otherwise."

Under the penalty, Crown Disposal 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 $66,206.25. The remainder will go to the Peralta Community College District to fund diesel education classes.

The South Coast region faces serious particulate matter and ozone problems. A decade ago, 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.

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