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ARB settles with Company for $528,500 Over Fleet Maintenance

Fine of $528,500 as a result of failure to properly inspect its diesel truck fleet for smoke emissions.

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The following news release is an example of how important compliance with environmental laws has become in standard operating procedures. The name of the company is being withheld because we're not here to cast blame, but to inform our readers about ways to succeed with their business challenges that protect the quality of our air, water, soil and lives.

Geographic differences play a role in air quality. Los Angeles -- and Southern California -- have to deal with several valleys that act like bowls in which emissions settle... It's part of doing business here. And it takes extra care...just like cold weather takes extra care in the Great Lakes area. Regional differences matter.

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board announced a negotiated a settlement with XXX of Los Angeles for $528,500 as a result of failure to properly inspect its diesel truck fleet for smoke emissions.

ARB Enforces Periodic Smoke Inspection Program for Vehicles

ARB documented violations of the Periodic Smoke Inspection Program, which requires annual smoke opacity tests of California-based fleets. The program, in conjunction with to ARB's roadside smoke inspection program, is used to ensure that all of California's heavy-duty vehicles are properly maintained, tamper-free and free from excessive smoke.

"The best way for corporations to avoid penalties is to keep their vehicles maintained to engine manufacturers' specifications," said Tom Cackette, ARB Acting Executive Officer. "ARB also encourages fleet maintenance personnel to attend training programs to become skilled on vehicle inspection requirements."

Training Classes Funded through Community Colleges

The California Air Pollution Fund will receive $396,375 and Peralta Community College District will receive $132,125 to distribute to campuses offering diesel education and technology courses. Staff responsible for compliance with smoke inspection programs are required to attend this training class, as well as committment to compliance with clean air programs.

Diesel soot accounts for 70 percent of Californians' exposure to toxics. Los Angeles residents are at particular risk since the region has the state's most pressing air quality problems.

The Air Resources Board is a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency. 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 standards.

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