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Thursday, May 08, 2008

ARB Fines Crown Disposal Company $88,000

Trash hauler failed to test diesel fleet for excess emissions,
properly label vehicles

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board last week
imposed Crown Disposal Company, Inc., with more than $88,000 in
fines for a two-year failure to inspect their diesel trucks for
compliance with the state's smoke emissions standards, and for
violation of trash hauler rules.

Crown Disposal, based in Sun Valley, Calif., will pay $88,275
following an ARB investigation that found the company failed to
conduct diesel truck smoke tests in 2005 and 2006. Further, a
small number of Crown Disposal's trucks were missing
ARB-required labels for solid waste collection vehicles.

"Compliance with California clean air laws is not an option - it
is a requirement," said ARB Chairman Mary Nichols. "Our
enforcement teams are on the lookout for business owners who
think otherwise."



Under the penalty, Crown Disposal must:

* Ensure that staff responsible for compliance with the
diesel truck emission inspection program attend diesel education
courses and provide certificates of completion within one year;
* Instruct 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 inspection records to ARB for the next
four years; and
* Properly label engines to ensure compliance with the
engine emissions certification program regulations.

The California Air Pollution Control Fund, established to
mitigate various sources of pollution through education and the
advancement and use of cleaner technology, will receive
$66,206.25. The remainder will go to the Peralta Community
College District to fund diesel education classes.

The South Coast region faces serious particulate matter and
ozone problems. A decade ago, the ARB listed diesel particulate
matter as a toxic air contaminant in order to protect public
health. Exposure to unsafe levels of diesel emissions can
increase the risk of asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory
diseases.

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.

The energy challenge facing California is real. Every
Californian needs to take immediate action to reduce energy
consumption. For a list of simple ways you can reduce demand and
cut your energy cost, see our web site at http://www.arb.ca.gov

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