CARB fines City of Oxnard $12,375 for air emissions violations

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The California Air Resources Board recently fined the City of Oxnard $12,375 for diesel emissions violations that occurred in 2006 and 2007. A CARB investigator found that the city had not been inspecting its heavy-duty on-road diesel vehicles annually.

“Regular inspections guarantee that fleet owners are doing their part to help clean up California’s air,” says CARB Chairman Mary Nichols. “Those that are not performing these tasks will be cited in our continuing effort to improve air quality.”

As part of the settlement, the city is required to:

  • Guarantee employees responsible for conducting the inspections attend a training class on diesel emissions compliance testing and provide certificates of completion within one year;
  • Provide documentation to CARB that the inspections are being carried out for the next four years;
  • Ensure all of the city’s heavy-duty diesel vehicles have their software updated with the latest low-NOx programming;
  • Comply with CARB’s Public and Utility Fleet rule that requires the use of exhaust retrofit devices, or replacement with new vehicles or engines, to meet emissions standards;
  • Make sure all of its heavy-duty diesel vehicles are certified to federal emissions standards for the vehicle model year and are labeled properly with an emissions control label; and
  • Instruct all of its drivers to comply with CARB’s five-minute idling rule.
  • The City of Oxnard will pay $12,375 in penalties: $9,281.25 will go to the California Air Pollution Control Fund, providing funding for projects and research to improve California’s air quality; the Peralta Community College District will receive $1,546.87 to fund diesel emissions education classes conducted by participating California community colleges; and the remaining $1,546.88 will go to the California Pollution Control Financing Authority to fund low-interest loans for owners of off-road diesel-powered construction vehicles.