CARB fines transit agencies

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The California Air Resources Board has fined two public transit agencies a total of $10,000 for excessive diesel emissions and recordkeeping violations.

CARB says it fined Kings County Area Public Transit Agency of San Joaquin Valley because personnel failed to test, measure, record and maintain records, and because of excess diesel particulate matter emissions. Kings County agreed to pay $6,500 in penalties: $4,875 to the California Air Pollution Fund that provides funding for projects and research to improve California’s air quality; $812.50 to the Peralta Community College District to fund emissions education classes conducted by participating California community colleges; and the remaining $812.50 to the California Pollution Control Financing Authority to fund low-interest loans for owners of offroad diesel-powered construction vehicles.

CARB says Victor Valley Transit Authority, which was cited for failure to inspect its diesel truck fleet for smoke emissions during 2006, will pay $3,500 in penalties: $2,625.50 will go to the California Air Pollution Control Fund; the Peralta Community College District will receive $437.50; and the California Pollution Control Financing Authority will receive the remaining $437.50.