CARB Fines Businesses for Air Quality Violations

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(Courtesy of Trucking Info)

California’s Air Resources Board settled 37 cases of air quality violations during the second quarter, 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.
The four 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.

Of the $223,295 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.

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