CARB cites hazardous waste disposal company $43,500

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The California Air Resources Board recently fined Safety-Kleen Systems Inc., a hazardous waste disposal provider and cleaning products manufacturer, $43,500 for diesel truck emissions violations that occurred in 2006 and 2007 throughout California.

A CARB audit found that the company did not conduct the mandatory fleet inspections at locations in Sylmar, Los Angeles, Santa Ana, El Monte, Highland, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Fresno, Oakland, Reedley, Rohnert Park, Sacramento and Salida.

“By ensuring that inspections are carried out, fleet owners can be confident that they are helping clean up California’s air,” says CARB Chairman Mary Nichols. “Companies that are not performing these tasks will be cited in our continuing effort to improve air quality.”

As part of the settlement, Safety-Kleen must comply with the following:

  • Guarantee employees that are responsible for conducting the inspections attend a mandatory California community college training class on diesel emissions and provide certificates of completion within one year;
  • Instruct employees and drivers on CARB’s truck idling regulations;
  • Provide documentation to CARB that the inspections are being carried out for the next four years; and
  • Ensure that all diesel trucks are up to federal emissions standards for the vehicle model year, are labeled properly with the manufacturer’s factory engine certification label, and have the latest software update.
  • The company will pay $43,500 in penalties: $32,625 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 $10,875 going to Peralta Community College District to fund emissions education classes conducted by participating California community colleges under the California Council for Diesel Education and Technology.