Release 08-35
May 7, 2008

    Dimitri Stanich
ARB fines Escondido company for air pollution violations

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board fined an Escondido paving company nearly $8,000 for failing to meet fleet inspection requirements for the state's smoke inspection program.

Southland Paving, Inc. will pay $7,879 following state investigators' finding that the company had not inspected its fleet for smoke emissions in 2005.

"Companies must do their part to ensure their fleets are running clean," said ARB Chairman Mary Nichols. "In addition to paying a fine, Southland Paving's staff will go back to school for a refresher course on fleet air pollution requirements."

Under the penalty agreement, Southland Paving 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 nearly $6,000. The remainder will go to the Peralta Community College District to fund diesel education classes.

The San Diego region faces continued 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.

The energy challenge facing California is real. Every Californian needs to take immediate action to reduce energy consumption. For a list of simple ways you can reduce demand and cut your energy cost, see our web site at