CARB fines San Diego transit system, furniture company, Monsanto

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The California Air Resources Board recently fined the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (SDMTS) $47,750 for diesel vehicle emissions violations. CARB also recently fined Home Design/Lifestyle Furniture of Fresno $5,500 for diesel truck emissions violations that occurred in 2007 and 2008; and Monsanto Co. $4,000 for diesel engine emissions violations that occurred in 2007 and 2008 at fleet centers in San Juan Bautista and Williams.

CARB says an investigation showed that SDMTS failed to meet transit fleet vehicle requirements and did not inspect its heavy-duty diesel vehicle fleet. SDMTS paid a fine of $11,375 for failing to meet the fleet vehicle requirements. SDMTS maintenance contractors Veolia Transportation Services, First Transit and McDonalds Transit Associates paid a combined fine of $36,375 for failing to meet the emissions test requirements for the SDMTS diesel vehicle fleet. 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.

CARB says fleet audits found that Home Design/Lifestyle Furniture and Monsanto, based in St. Louis, had not been conducting the required annual emissions inspections on their heavy-duty diesel vehicles.