CARB fines forest products hauler $3,000

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The California Air Resources Board has fined a forest products hauler $3,000 for diesel truck emissions violations during 2007 and 2008. CARB says its investigators found that Sierra Pacific Industries failed to inspect, test, measure, record and maintain its diesel truck fleet at its Lincoln, Anderson, Camino and Quincy facilities in accordance with the Periodic Smoke Inspection Program (PSIP).

The law requires owners of California-registered truck and bus fleets to inspect their vehicles regularly to ensure that their engine emissions meet state air quality standards. As part of the settlement, Sierra Pacific Industries is required to:

  • Guarantee employees responsible for conducting the inspections attend a California community college 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 company’s heavy-duty diesel trucks have their software updated with the latest low-NOx (oxides of nitrogen emissions) programming;
  • Instruct vehicle operators to comply with the state’s idling regulations;
  • Comply with requirements of the fleet rule for transit agencies; 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.
  • Of the penalties, $2,250 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 $375 to fund emissions education classes conducted by participating California community colleges; and the remaining $375 will go to the California Pollution Control Financing Authority to fund low-interest loans for owners of offroad diesel-powered construction vehicles.