Release 09-31
April 2, 2009

    Karen Caesar
ARB cites Cotati based trucking firm $8,500 for diesel emission violations

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board has fined Minatta Transportation of Cotati, Calif. $8,500 this month for diesel truck emission violations that occurred in 2007.

An ARB fleet audit found that the company had not been annually inspecting its heavy-duty diesel vehicles, as required by California law. Not performing the required smoke inspections can lead to increased cancer-causing diesel emissions.

"California clean-air laws are written to protect our most vulnerable populations, including children and the elderly," said ARB Chairman Mary Nichols.

As part of the settlement, Minatta must:

The company will pay $8,500 in penalties: $6,375 will go to the California Air Pollution Control Fund, which provides funding for projects and research to improve California's air quality, $1,062 will go to Peralta Community College District to fund emission education classes conducted by participating California community colleges under the California Council for Diesel Education and Technology, and the remaining $1,062 will go to the California Pollution Control Financing Authority.

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. California has aggressively worked to cut diesel emissions by cleaning up diesel fuel, requiring cleaner engines for trucks, buses and off-road equipment, and limiting unnecessary idling.

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.