Release 09-30
April 2, 2009

    Dimitri Stanich
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Cement company fined $10,875 for emissions violations

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board last week fined an Antioch, Calif. cement company $10,875 for failing to inspect its diesel trucks for compliance with the state's smoke emissions standards.

ARB investigators found that Wayne E. Swisher Cement failed to conduct diesel truck smoke tests in 2007, as required by state law.

"Shrewd business owners carry out regular inspections and ensure employees are up-to-speed on clean air requirements," ARB Chairman Mary Nichols declared. "The penalties for doing anything else can cost a business money and its reputation."

Under the penalty, Swisher Cement must:

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 $8,156; $1,359 will go to the Peralta Community College District to fund diesel education classes; and, the remaining $1,359 to the California Air Pollution Control Financing Authority.

Failure to inspect diesel vehicles can lead to an increase in harmful airborne particles that Californians breathe. 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 works with local air pollution control officers throughout California in order to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.

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