CARB fines hauling company $54,000 for air quality violations

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The California Air Resources Board recently fined Command Delivery Systems $54,000 for air quality violations at the company’s Walnut terminal. A CARB investigation showed that company personnel failed to maintain proper records of their fleet’s diesel-engine inspections, as required by California law.

“The evidence of health damage from diesel exhaust is overwhelming,” says CARB Chairman Mary Nichols. “For the health of all Californians, truck owners must assure that their engines are running optimally.”

As part of the settlement, Command Delivery Systems is required to:

  • Guarantee employees responsible for conducting the inspections attend a mandatory California community college class on diesel emissions and provide certificates of completion within one year;
  • Provide documentation to CARB that the inspections are being carried out for the next four years;
  • Instruct vehicle operators to comply with the state’s idling regulations;
  • Revise all heavy-duty truck engine software with the latest low-NOx (oxides of nitrogen emissions) programming; and
  • Ensure that all diesel trucks are up to federal emissions standards for the vehicle model year and are labeled properly with an emissions control label.
  • Command Delivery Systems will pay $40,500 to the California Air Pollution Control Fund, which uses the money to reduce air pollution through a variety of programs. The Peralta Community College District will receive the remaining $6,750 to fund emissions education classes conducted by participating California community colleges, and $6,750 will go to the California Pollution Control Financing Authority.