Release 08-52
June 6, 2008

    Dimitri Stanich
(916) 322-2990
 Utility construction firm pays ARB $10,000 for diesel emission violations
Diesel fleets in California must comply with requirements even if company headquarters outside state

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board has fined Henkels & McCoy, Inc., a construction firm based in Blue Bell, Penn. $10,000 for diesel emission violations that occurred in 2006 and 2007 throughout California.

An ARB fleet audit found that the company had not been conducting the required annual inspections on their heavy duty diesel vehicles.

"The inspections are part of a system designed to make sure that diesel trucks meet California's stringent emissions standards," said ARB Chairman Mary Nichols. "Failing to conduct these inspections can lead to an increase of toxic diesel particulate matter in the air."

As part of the settlement, Henkels & McCoy must comply with the following:

Per the terms of the settlement, the company will pay $10,000 in penalties; $7,500 will go to the California Air Pollution Control Fund, which provides funding for projects and research to improve California's air quality, with the remaining $2,500 going to Peralta Community College District to fund emission education classes.

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. California has aggressively worked to cut diesel emissions by cleaning up diesel fuel, requiring cleaner engines for trucks, buses and off-road equipment, and limiting unnecessary idling.

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.