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Karen Caesar

Businesses fined for air quality violations

Settlement of 37 cases generates $52K for community colleges, $172K for pollution control

SACRAMENTO - The Air Resources Board announced today that during the second quarter of 2011 it settled 37 cases of air quality violations, mostly by trucks and buses for failure to properly conduct and pass self-inspections aimed at measuring vehicle smoke emissions to ensure state requirements are met.

Of the $223,295.00 collected, approximately $172,000 went to the California Air Pollution Control Fund to support air quality projects and research to improve California's air quality.  Roughly $52,000 went to the Peralta Community College District to fund emission education classes at participating California community colleges under the California Council for Diesel Education and Technology program.

“Businesses play a vital role in environmental protection,” said Paul Jacobs, Chief of ARB’s Mobile Source Enforcement Branch.  “We work hard to establish and maintain good relationships so that we can educate business owners and keep them updated.  However, if errors are made and air quality suffers as a result, we are required to take action.”  

Fines totaled $223,295.00; none from this group exceeded $30,000.  The five companies paying the highest amounts were:

Diesel exhaust contains a variety of harmful gases and over 40 other known cancer-causing compounds. In 1998, California identified diesel particulate matter as a toxic air contaminant based on its potential to cause cancer, premature death and other health problems.

To read about other mobile source enforcement cases settled during the second quarter of 2011 please visit these links:

Genuine Scooters pays $300,000 for illegal sales

Reward Leasing Inc. pays $534,000 in air quality penalties

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.