Release 09-42
May 8, 2009

    Karen Caesar
Riverside County trucking companies fined $7,500 for emissions violations

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board fined Desert Materials Transportation and Terra Trucking Company, both from Banning, Calif., for a total of $7,500 during March 2009 for diesel truck emissions violations.

An ARB investigation showed both companies failed to properly inspect their diesel fleets, as required by California law.

"Many California companies are going beyond what is required," said ARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols. "When we find companies that are ignoring clean air requirements it is only fair that they should pay a penalty."

Annual smoke emissions tests are required for diesel truck fleets, in conjunction with ARB's roadside smoke inspection program; the law ensures that all vehicles are properly maintained, tamper-free and free from excessive smoke emissions.

In addition to mandatory penalties, Desert Materials Transportation and Terra Trucking Company are required to:

Desert Materials Transportation will pay $2,750 in penalties to the California Air Pollution Control Fund, and Terra Trucking Company will pay $4,750. The California Air Pollution Control Fund provides funding projects and research to improve California's air quality.

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.