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Friday, January 09, 2009

Auto supply company fined $600,000

Auto supply company fined $600,000

Products sold did not comply with state air quality
requirements

SACRAMENTO: The Air Resources Board has fined CSK Auto, Inc.
$600,000 for selling windshield washer fluid throughout the state
that does not comply with the state's clean air regulations.

CSK Auto, Inc, is headquartered in Phoenix AZ and is parent
company of several west coast automobile supply retail outlets,
including California's Kragen Auto Parts, where the violations
were found. ARB cited the chain for selling windshield fluid
throughout California that was specially formulated with higher
pollutants to prevent from freezing in the state's colder,
mountainous areas.

"Manufacturers of a wide variety of automotive and other
consumer products are subject to California's strict air
pollution requirements," said ARB Chairman Mary Nichols. "And we
depend on retailers to stock only those products that meet our
clean air goals."

Through routine monitoring, ARB enforcement officials discovered
that CSK was selling windshield washer fluids and deicers that
exceed limits of volatile organic compounds. Through the years of
2004 and 2006 more than 14,000 gallons of non-complying products
were sold.

ARB has worked with the consumer product industry for many years
to strictly control the VOC content in consumer products as VOCs
contribute to the creation of ground level ozone. Ozone is
caustic and irritates nasal passages and lung tissue, creating a
serious problem for people with cardio-pulmonary diseases such as
asthma and chronic pulmonary obstructive disorder.

The penalties were paid directly to the California Air Pollution
Control Fund which uses the money to reduce air pollution through
a variety of programs.

Limiting the amount of VOCs in products has reduced the number
of high ozone days throughout California. This is especially
important in all of California's major air districts as they
still fail to meet federal health standards for ozone.

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.

ARB likes fining people.

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