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City of Compton fined $48,000 for diesel truck and equipment violations

California Air Resources Board
Release #:11-12

ARB PIO: (916) 322-2990
Karen Caesar

City of Compton fined $48,000 for diesel truck and equipment

City failed to inspect, clean-up or label trash trucks, vehicles
and construction equipment

The California Air Resources Board has fined the City of Compton
$48,800 for a variety of infractions pertaining to its diesel
fleet vehicles, including failing to properly maintain and
self-inspect its diesel trucks and register construction
equipment, as required by state law.

ARB investigators cited the city for failing to test and maintain
records of smoke levels from its fleet of heavy-duty diesel
vehicles for 2008 and 2009. The city was also faulted for not
updating its trash trucks with diesel particulate filters and
affixing proper labels according to a pre-set schedule. Finally,
the city failed to register and attach mandatory labels to its
off-road fleet including skiploaders, frontloaders and other
vehicles commonly used in construction.

"Diesel exhaust is a serious threat to community health," said
ARB Enforcement Chief Jim Ryden. "Fleets of diesel equipment and
vehicles must meet clean-air standards and requirements in order
to legally operate in California."

Of the $48,800 owed by the city, $36,600.00 will be paid to the
California Air Pollution Control Fund to support projects and
research to improve California痴 air quality, while $12,200.00
will go to the Peralta Community College District to fund
emissions education classes conducted by participating California
community colleges under the California Council for Diesel
Education and Technology program.

Ryden added that the City has a checkered diesel vehicle
maintenance and recordkeeping history dating back several years.

Under terms of the penalty, the City of Compton must:

Insure that staff responsible for compliance with the diesel
truck emission inspection program attend diesel education courses
and provide certificates of completion within one year;
Instruct vehicle operators to comply with the state's idling
Insure that trucks have the most recent engine-operating
software installed to limit the amount of NOx (NOx, or oxides of
nitrogen, is a primary ingredient of smog);
Provide documentation to ARB that the inspections are being
carried out for the next three years;
Insure that all 1974 and newer diesel-powered vehicles are up to
federal emissions standards for the vehicle model year and are
properly labeled with an engine certification label;
Install the latest, most effective and available emissions
control technologies as required on applicable diesel vehicles;
Install and register equipment identification numbers on
applicable off-road diesel equipment.
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.

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