Release 08-85
September 29, 2008

    Karen Caesar
ARB cites hazardous waste disposal company $43,500 for diesel emission violations

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board has fined Safety-Kleen Systems, Inc., a hazardous waste disposal provider and cleaning products manufacturer, $43,500 this month for diesel truck emission violations that occurred in 2006 and 2007 throughout California.

An ARB audit found that the company did not conduct the mandatory fleet inspections at locations in Sylmar, Los Angeles, Santa Ana, El Monte, Highland, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Fresno, Oakland, Reedley, Rohnert Park, Sacramento, and Salida.

"By ensuring that inspections are carried out, fleet owners can be confident that they are helping clean up California's air," said ARB Chairman Mary Nichols. "Companies that are not performing these tasks will be cited in our continuing effort to improve air quality."

As part of the settlement, Safety-Kleen must comply with the following:

The company will pay $43,500 in penalties: $32,625 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 $10,875 going to Peralta Community College District to fund emission education classes conducted by participating California community colleges under the California Council for Diesel Education and Technology.

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.