CARB fines Dunbar Armored $36,375 for clean-air violations

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The California Air Resources Board recently fined a security company $36,375 for diesel truck emissions violations at numerous locations in the Bay Area and Southern California.

CARB investigators found that Dunbar Armored, based in Hunt Valley, Md., failed to inspect its diesel truck fleet between 2006-2007 at its facilities in Los Angeles, Ontario, San Diego, San Francisco and Cerritos. The law requires annual smoke tests for diesel truck fleets.

“These routine inspections ensure that diesel trucks remain clean,” says CARB Chairman Mary Nichols. “Companies that break the law will be held accountable and should also carry the burden of putting public health at risk.”

Dunbar Armored must comply with the following:

  • Guarantee employees attend a mandatory diesel education and technology class within one year:
  • Place emissions control labels on all heavy-duty vehicles and bring them up to federal emissions standards:
  • Instruct vehicle operators to comply with the state’s idling regulations;
  • Revise truck engine software with the latest low-NOx programming; and
  • Provide documentation to CARB for the next four years that the inspections are being carried out.
  • CARB will place $27,281.25 into the California Air Pollution Control Fund, used to conduct air pollution research, fund programs to reduce emissions and educate the public on pollution prevention. The Peralta Community College District will receive $4,546.88 to fund diesel education classes, with the remaining $4,546.87 going to the California Pollution Control Financing Authority.