CARB fines City of Palmdale $18,500 for air quality violations

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The California Air Resources Board recently fined the City of Palmdale $18,500 for diesel emissions violations that occurred in 2006 and 2007. A CARB enforcement audit found that the city had not been conducting the required annual periodic smoke emissions inspections on its heavy-duty on-road diesel vehicles.

“As part of our crackdown on diesel emissions, our enforcement staff has been searching for entities in violation of California’s air quality standards,” says CARB Chairman Mary Nichols. “Everyone from business owners to city governments are responsible for keeping California’s air clean.”

Per the terms of the settlement:

  • Palmdale city employees that are responsible for conducting the inspections must attend a mandatory California Community College class on diesel emissions and provide certificates of completion within one year;
  • The company must provide documentation to CARB that the inspections are being carried out for the next four years;
  • All of the city’s heavy-duty trucks must have their software revised with the latest Low NOx (oxides of nitrogen emissions) programming; and
  • The city of Palmdale must make sure that all of their diesel trucks are up to federal emissions standards for the vehicle model year and are labeled properly with an emissions control label.
  • Per the terms of the settlement, the city of Palmdale will pay $18,500 in penalties: $13,875 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 $4,625 going to the Peralta Community College District to fund emissions education classes.