CARB gets $299,000 to settle self-inspection violations

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The California Air Resources Board has received settlement monies amounting to $299,000 from Ferguson Enterprises, BNSF Railway and Dependable Highway Express for failing to properly self-inspect their diesel truck fleets as required under CARB’s Periodic Smoke Inspection Program.

“CARB regulations are established to ensure that all of California’s heavy-duty diesel vehicles are properly maintained and free from excessive smoke,” says Catherine Witherspoon, CARB executive officer. “These settlements send a clear message that CARB’s self-inspection program must be taken seriously.”

The Periodic Smoke Inspection Program requires that owners of California-based truck and bus fleets perform annual inspections of their vehicles to ensure that their engine emissions meet state and federal air quality standards.

  • Ferguson Enterprises, a wholesale distributor of plumbing supplies located in Virginia, paid $137,000 for noncompliance with the smoke emissions program. The settlement monies were distributed between the California Air Pollution Control Fund , which received $102,750, and the Peralta Community College District, which will use the remaining $34,250 to fund diesel technology education programs at California community colleges. In addition, all compliance personnel for Ferguson Enterprises must attend diesel education and technology classes. Applicable trucks in their fleet also must have their computer software upgraded to reduce excess smog-forming emissions.
  • BNSF Railway paid $65,250 to APCF and $21,750 to the Peralta Community College District for their violations. As part of their settlement, both the California BNSF manager of environmental operations and the project manager of vehicle fleets must attend diesel education classes. They also must upgrade their engine emissions software to meet state emissions standards.
  • DHE made payments to APCF for $56,250 and to the Peralta Community College District for $18,750. In addition to upgrading engine emissions software, compliance personnel for DHE must attend training courses that focus on commercial vehicle idling regulations.
  • APCF was established to mitigate various sources of pollution through education and the advancement and use of cleaner technology. The fund uses compliance settlement fees to fund various pollution-related research projects and related programs.