CARB fines City of Fresno, L.A. County waste hauler

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The California Air Resources Board recently fined the City of Fresno $49,500 for diesel emissions violations at multiple fleet centers and entered into a settlement that will bring the city’s fleet of diesel vehicles into compliance with state regulations ahead of the mandated schedule. CARB also recently fined Los Angeles County waste hauler NASA Services $21,500 for emissions violations during 2007.

CARB says its investigators found that the City of Fresno had not been testing, measuring, recording and maintaining the records of its onroad vehicle fleet’s diesel smoke emissions. “The City of Fresno went through extraordinary steps to resolve these violations and work with us to craft an effective settlement that will provide cleaner air for its residents,” says CARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols. “This settlement not only remedies the violations but goes much further to reduce emissions from the city’s offroad fleet ahead of CARB’s regulatory timeline.”

Under the settlement, the city must:

  • Ensure that staff responsible for compliance with the diesel truck emissions inspection program attend California Community College diesel education courses and provide certificates of completion within one year;
  • Instruct onroad and offroad vehicle operators to comply with the state’s idling regulations;
  • Complete heavy-duty diesel engine software and control technology upgrades in compliance with regulations;
  • Supply all smoke emissions inspection records to CARB for the next four years;
  • Confirm that all engines are labeled properly to ensure compliance with the engine emissions certification program regulations;
  • Retire eight offroad heavy-duty vehicles by March 1, 2010, and replace them with new vehicles at an estimated cost of $400,000 in order to comply with the 2011 requirement one year early; and
  • Pending budget approval, retire an additional seven to 12 offroad vehicles by March 1, 2011, and replace them with new vehicles at an estimated cost of $350,000 to $600,000 in order to comply with the 2013 regulatory requirement two years early.
  • In addition, the city is not allowed to apply for any funding from the Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program for early compliance with the offroad vehicle rule.

    CARB says an investigation showed that NASA Services, based in Montebello, failed to comply with the solid waste collection vehicle rule by neglecting to install as many emissions-reduction devices as required by law. The law also requires owners of California-registered truck fleets to inspect their vehicles regularly to ensure that their engine emissions meet state air quality regulations; CARB says NASA Services met this requirement.