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OPINION

CARB Extorts $52,000 From Another California Business


Karen Caesar
626-575-6728

kcaesar@arb.ca.gov

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:

   * County of Imperial, Department of Public Works, fined
$27,000.00 for failure to properly self-inspect its diesel trucks
to assure the vehicles met state smoke emission standards, as
required under the Periodic Smoke Inspection Program (PSIP).
   * Marquez Brothers International Inc., fined $24,000 for
failure to comply with diesel fleet self-inspection requirements,
and for violations of the Transport Refrigeration Unit (TRU)
regulation.
   * Brotherhood Trucking Inc., fined $17,617.50 for failing to
properly self-inspect its diesel fleets and  dispatching drayage
trucks that either did not meet emission standards or were not
entered into the Drayage Truck Registry.
   * West Coast Refrigerated Trucking Inc., fined $15,750 for
failing to properly inspect its diesel fleet and for not
upgrading all its TRU engines as required by the TRU regulation.
   * Peninsula Coast Joint Powers Board, fined $15,500 for
failing to properly self-inspect its diesel fleet and for not
meeting emissions requirements for NOx and PM as required by the
Fleet Rule for Transit Agencies.


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:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/newsrelease.php?id=226 .

Reward Leasing Inc. pays $534,000 in air quality penalties:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/newsrelease.php?id=227 .
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