|Reward Leasing Inc. pays $534,000 in air quality penalties
Waste disposal company reaches settlement on diesel truck
The California Air Resources Board today announced that Rewards
Leasing Inc., a waste management company, paid $534,000 for
diesel truck air quality violations.
A $400,500 payment will go to the California Air Pollution
Control Fund, established to decrease air pollution through
education and the advancement and use of cleaner technologies,
and $133,500 goes to the non-profit Climate Protection Campaign
to fund a project dedicated to reducing emissions from solid
“The danger of uncontrolled or faulty exhaust controls on trash
trucks is particularly serious because they spend most of their
time operating in neighborhoods where we live and our children
play,” said ARB Enforcement Chief James Ryden. “When industry
complies with state rules by installing and maintaining exhaust
controls, our communities are safer.”
Self-reported compliance records reviewed by ARB enforcement
staff indicated that Reward Leasing, also doing business as
Northbay Corporation based in Santa Rosa, Calif., neglected to
install required emission-reduction devices on their diesel
refuse trucks. Additionally, the company failed to properly
inspect the trucks to assure engine exhaust meets state smoke
Under the settlement, Reward Leasing must:
• Submit annual reports verifying compliance with regulations for
2011 and 2012;
• Install devices on the exhaust systems to reduce nitrogen oxide
emissions (NOx), a smog causing pollutant;
• Send appropriate staff to classes on diesel technology and
• Prove engines meet standards by affixing emission control
• Instruct employees to comply with vehicle idling regulations.
|Genuine Scooters pays $300,000 for illegal sales
Company sold or offered for sale scooters without California
SACRAMENTO - Today the California Air Resources Board announced
that Genuine Scooters was penalized $300,000 for illegally
selling or offering for sale motorized scooters without required
California vehicle certification.
The full $300,000 penalty will go to the Air Pollution Control
Fund for air quality projects and research.
Through a routine inspection in 2008, ARB investigators found
that Genuine Scooters, based in Chicago, was selling or offering
for sale 2008 model year scooters prior to obtaining the required
vehicle certification all manufacturers and importers must
complete if conducting business in California.
California clean-air laws require that engines be certified for
sale in the state to ensure that emissions and durability
standards are met. Engines that don’t meet state standards can
emit excess levels of smog-forming emissions.
Genuine Scooters fully cooperated with ARB enforcement officers
during the investigation.
|Cummins Pays $500,000 in Penalties
Engine manufacturer violated 1998 settlement agreement
SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board today announced
that Cummins Inc., a manufacturer of heavy-duty diesel engines,
paid $500,000 for failing to properly retest its engines already
The California Air Pollution Control Fund, established to
mitigate various sources of pollution through education and the
advancement and use of cleaner technology, received $125,000,
while the U.S. EPA collected an additional $375,000.
“Every ounce of pollution counts,” said ARB Enforcement Chief
James Ryden. “Our laws exist for good reasons. All companies
have to follow the rules and perform the required tests for the
sake of our collective health.”
Cummins’ violations include:
•Not testing at least four engines in selected engine families;
•Completing tests after the deadline set in a 1998 settlement
agreement for a previous air quality infraction;
•Reporting test results more than 30 days after test completion;
•Testing 10 vehicles at less than the maximum weight, as
designated in the terms of a 1998 agreement.
ARB determined that while Cummins satisfied the intent of the
engine testing provisions, the company failed to ensure that all
settlement provisions were met.
ARB, working with U.S. EPA, discovered this most recent offense
during an investigation regarding Cummins’ delivery of
approximately 570,000 diesel engines without exhaust
aftertreatment devices between 1998 and 2006, a violation of the
Clean Air Act.