CARB fines two companies for emissions violations

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The California Air Resources Board fined Valley Harvesting & Packing Inc. — a Heber crop harvesting company — $10,000 for diesel truck emissions violations. CARB also fined Griffin Soil — a Pleasanton soil stabilization company — $12,000 for failure to inspect its diesel trucks for compliance with the state’s smoke emissions standards.

CARB fined Valley Harvesting for failure to maintain fleet management records in 2005 and 2006 as required by law. The company will pay $10,000 in penalties: $7,500 will go to the California Air Pollution Control Fund, which provides funding for projects and research to improve California’s air quality; $1,250 will go to Peralta Community College District to fund emissions education classes conducted by participating California community colleges under the California Council for Diesel Education and Technology; and the remaining $1,250 will go to the California Air Pollution Control Financing Authority to fund low-interest loans for owners of offroad diesel-powered construction vehicles.

CARB investigators found that Griffin Soil failed to conduct diesel truck smoke tests in 2007 as required by law. The California Air Pollution Control Fund will receive $9,000; $1,500 will go to the Peralta Community College District; and the remaining $1,500 will go to the California Air Pollution Control Financing Authority.