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:
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.