FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 10, 2007
Brinks to pay $147,000 to CARB for pollutions violations
Armored Services Company failed to inspect vehicles for
SACRAMENTO - Last month Brinks, Inc., agreed to pay $147,000 in
a settlement agreement with the California Air Resources Board
for failure to self-inspect their diesel trucks for compliance
with the state's smoke emissions standards.
ARB documented violations between 2005 and 2006 at Brinks
facilities around the state: Bakersfield, Eureka, Fresno,
Lancaster, Los Angeles, Modesto, Oakland, Orange County,
Petaluma, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Fernando Valley, San
Jose and San Luis Obispo.
Brinks, known for armored vehicle services and security systems,
violated California's Periodic Smoke Inspection Program, which
requires annual smoke opacity tests of California-based fleets.
The program, in conjunction with ARB's roadside smoke inspection
program, is used to ensure that all of California's heavy-duty
vehicles are properly maintained, tamper-free and free from
excessive smoke emissions.
"California is serious about controlling toxic diesel soot,"
said ARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols. "Flouting California's
clean-air laws is not good business. Choosing to foul the air
and peoples' lungs has serious financial consequences for
businesses that chose to circumvent public health laws."
In addition to the settlement monies, Brinks has agreed to
comply with the smoke inspection program and will require all
fleet staff responsible for compliance with the ARB's
regulations to attend classes conducted by the California
Council on Diesel Education and Technology. In addition, Brinks
must supply all smoke inspection records for 2007-2009 and have
properly labeled engines to ensure compliance with the engine
emissions certification program regulations.
All monies are being paid to the California Air Pollution
Control Fund, which was established to mitigate various sources
of pollution through education and the advancement and use of
cleaner technology. This fund, upon appropriation by the
Legislature, uses compliance settlement fees to support various
pollution-related research projects and related programs.
Emissions of particulate matter from diesel engines are 70
percent of the air borne carcinogens that Californians are
exposed to on a daily basis. ARB has committed to reducing these
emissions by 85 percent by 2020.
The Air Resources Board is a department of the California
Environmental Protection Agency. ARB's mission is to promote and
protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through
effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and
considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air
pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain
health based air quality standards.
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