Release 09-41
May 7, 2009

    Dimitri Stanich
Northern California Forest Products Company Fined $3,000

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board has fined Sierra Pacific Industries this month for diesel truck emissions violations during 2007 and 2008.

ARB investigators found that Sierra Pacific failed to inspect, test, measure, record and maintain its diesel truck fleet at its Lincoln, Anderson, Camino and Quincy facilities in accordance with the Periodic Smoke Inspection Program (PSIP).

"We understand businesses have to be more competitive than ever in today's economy," said ARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols. "But clean air saves everybody money by protecting public health."

The law requires owners of California-registered truck and bus fleets to regularly inspect their vehicles to ensure that their engine emissions meet state air quality standards.

As part of the settlement, Sierra Pacific Industries is required to:

Sierra Pacific Industries will pay $3,000 in penalties: $2,250 will go to the California Air Pollution Control Fund, providing funding for projects and research to improve California's air quality; the Peralta Community College District will receive $375 to fund emissions education classes conducted by participating California community colleges; and, the remaining $375 will go to the California Pollution Control Financing Authority to fund low-interest loans for owners of off-road diesel-powered construction vehicles.

Diesel exhaust contains a variety of harmful gases and over 40 other known cancer-causing compounds. In 1998, California identified diesel particulate matter as a toxic air contaminant based on its potential to cause cancer, premature death and other health problems.

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.