Release 08-98
October 30, 2008

    Gennet Paauwe
(916) 322-2990


Dunbar Armored pays $36,375 for clean-air violations
Security company failed to inspect diesel vehicles

SACRAMENTO -  The California Air Resources Board this month fined security company Dunbar Armored, based in Hunt Valley, Md., $36,375 for diesel truck emission violations at numerous locations in the Bay Area and Southern California.

ARB investigators found that Dunbar Armored failed to inspect its diesel truck fleet between 2006-2007 at its Los Angeles, Ontario, San Diego, San Francisco and Cerritos facilities. The law requires annual smoke tests for diesel truck fleets and, in conjunction with ARB’s roadside smoke inspection program, ensures that all vehicles are properly maintained, tamper-free and free from excessive smoke.

“These routine inspections ensure that diesel trucks remain clean," said ARB Chairman Mary Nichols. "Companies that break the law will be held accountable and should also carry the burden of putting public health at risk."

Dunbar Armored must comply with the following:

ARB will place $27,281.25 into the California Air Pollution Control Fund, used to conduct air pollution research, fund programs to reduce emissions and educate the public on pollution prevention. The Peralta Community College District will receive $4,546.88 to fund diesel education classes, with the remaining $ 4,546.87 to the California Pollution Control Financing Authority.

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.