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CARB Nazis Hurt Four More Businesses and Pocket Over $725K for Their Pet Projects


Car Sound Exhaust, Inc. to pay $560,000 in air quality penalties

Company sold non-California certified catalytic converters

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board today announced that Car Sound Exhaust Inc., a catalytic converter manufacturer, will pay a total of $560,000 for air quality violations.

All payments will be made to the California Air Pollution Control Fund, established to decrease air pollution through education and the advancement and use of cleaner technologies.

“There are instances where companies are not aware of ARB’s requirements,” said ARB Enforcement Chief James Ryden. “And while this doesn’t excuse them from complying, any company found in violation that cooperates to bring its products quickly into compliance scores a victory for public health.”

An industry-wide investigation by ARB revealed that Car Sound Exhaust sold, offered for sale, and/or advertised in California 3,982 non-California certified catalytic converters between January 2005 and March 2010.

Car Sound Exhaust must make monthly payments of $23,333 until March 2013. The company also agreed to set in place a comprehensive compliance plan so that no future violations occur.

Vehicles that do not meet California's tough emission requirements pose a real danger to residents. They create higher amounts of smog-forming pollutants, which can then exacerbate respiratory ailments and negatively affect other health conditions such as shortness of breath, headaches, birth defects,
cancer or damage to internal organs.
Shipping companies each fined $53K for violating fuel regulation

Vessels failed to use low-sulfur fuel in California waters

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board has fined two shipping companies for failing to switch from dirty “bunker” fuel to cleaner, low-sulfur fuel when sailing within 24 miles of the California coast, as required by state law.

“Cargo vessels can burn some of the dirtiest fuels on the planet and we need to make sure that their engine emissions don’t reach our coast,” said ARB Enforcement Chief James Ryden.  “Our fuel regulation is vitally important because it requires shippers to switch to cleaner-burning fuels that help fight air pollution in our coastal regions and port communities.”

The measure, adopted in 2008, eliminates 15 tons of diesel exhaust – a known carcinogen – daily from ocean-going vessels, and is considered a vital tool in helping to reduce premature deaths and the risk of cancer associated with air pollution in the state’s busy ports and trade corridors.

In November 2010, the MSC Aniello, owned by the Mediterranean Shipping Company, and the vessel Wieniawski, owned by the Chipolbrok Shipping Company, both used bunker fuel well within the 24-mile limit from the coast prior to docking at the Port of Long Beach.

As part of their settlements with ARB, Switzerland-based Mediterranean Shipping and Poland-based Chipolbrok each agreed to pay $53,000 to the California Air Pollution Control Fund (CAPCF) to support air quality research.  They must also follow all fuel switchover requirements, and maintain accurate records.

The ARB conducts an estimated 250 ship inspections each year, checking for proper fuel usage, record-keeping and other compliance requirements, and takes marine gas oil or marine diesel oil samples for submission to the ARB laboratory to determine if the fuels meet ARB’s low-sulfur standards.

Diesel exhaust contains a variety of harmful substances including more than 40 toxic 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.
Freight transport company pays $59,050 for air quality violations

Company used non-compliant trucks to ship goods

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board today announced
it has fined IVVE Transportation $59,050 for using high-polluting vehicles that do not comply with state standards.

“It’s especially important for companies involved in moving freight to use the cleanest engines they can afford since they spend so much time on our roads and highways,” said Jim Ryden, ARB’s chief of enforcement.  “We commend businesses that acknowledge their mistakes and then move in the right direction, such as IVVE Transportation.  We have to make clean air a priority and that can only happen when businesses do whatever it takes to follow clean air regulations.”

The Ontario, California-based motor carrier was cited for dispatching vehicles that were not compliant with the emission standards set forth in ARB’s Drayage (Port) Truck Regulation. Under the settlement, $44,287.50 will go to the California Air Pollution Control fund to support air quality research, and $14,762.50 to the Peralta Community College district to help fund diesel education classes around the state.

The company has also agreed to cease operating non-compliant vehicles.

California’s Drayage Truck Regulation was adopted in December 2007 to reduce harmful diesel emissions from trucks that serve the state’s ports and intermodal rail yards.  For decades, drayage trucks have been among the oldest and dirtiest vehicles on the road, with little or no emission controls.  Under the regulation, pre-1994 vehicles are prohibited from serving ports and rail facilities, while later models must be updated with diesel exhaust filters according to a staggered implementation schedule.  All vehicles covered under the regulation must have 2007 engines or newer by 2014.

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