CARB settles with Clean Harbors for $55,500

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The California Air Resources Board recently settled with Clean Harbors Environmental Services for $55,500 for failing to inspect its trucks for compliance with smoke emissions standards at fleet centers throughout the state.

Clean Harbors provides environmental services and emergency response for the transportation industry. CARB says its investigators found that the Norwell, Mass.-based heavy-duty diesel fleet failed to conduct diesel truck smoke tests in 2008 and 2009 as required by state law.

“Trucking in California requires fleet owners ensure that their rigs are clean,” says CARB Enforcement Chief Jim Ryden. “Failure to meet emissions standards jeopardizes public health and also creates an unfair playing field for those companies who follow the law.”

CARB also announced settlements for the following violations:
– Failure to properly inspect their diesel vehicles, as required by California law, between 2005 and 2009:
• Stidham Trucking Inc. of Yreka ($25,500);
• Drake Farms Trucking of San Luis Obispo ($7,500);
• Gill Brothers Trucking Inc. of Fresno ($7,000); and
• Eggelton Trucking of Temecula ($6,000).
– Failure to properly inspect diesel-powered vehicles between 2007 and 2008, and neglecting to install proper emissions-reduction devices required by law:
• Eel River Disposal Co. of Fortuna ($9,600); and
• California Waste Solutions of Oakland and San Jose ($6,500).
– Installing illegal diesel exhaust retrofits on customer vehicles in 2007 and 2008:
• Cummins West Inc. of San Leandro ($24,000).