CARB fines propane distribution firm $36,375 for emissions violations

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The California Air Resources Board has fined a Cameron Park-based propane distributor $36,375 for diesel truck emissions violations. A CARB audit of Suburban Propane found that the company did not annually inspect its heavy-duty diesel vehicles in 2006 and 2007 at fleet centers in Placerville, Rancho Cordova, Redding, Yreka, Grass Valley, Clearlake, Lancaster, Santa Cruz, Marina, Turlock, Oakhurst, Fresno, Escondido, Lake Isabella, San Jose and Concord.

As part of the settlement, Suburban Propane must comply with the following:

  • Guarantee employees that are responsible for conducting the inspections attend a mandatory class on diesel emissions and provide certificates of completion within one year;
  • Provide documentation to CARB that the inspections are being carried out for the next four years;
  • Revise truck engine software with the latest Low-NOx programming; and
  • Ensure that all diesel trucks are up to federal emissions standards for the vehicle model year and are labeled properly with an engine certification label.
  • The company will pay $36,375 in penalties: $27,281.25 will go to the California Air Pollution Control Fund, which provides funding for projects and research to improve California’s air quality, with the remaining $9,093.75 going to Peralta Community College District to fund emissions education classes.