Release 09-54
June 1, 2009

    Karen Caesar
(626) 575-6728
Silver State Trailways cited $15,750 for diesel engine emissions violations

SACRAMENTO- The California Air Resources Board fined Silver State Trailways, a tour bus company based in Placentia, Calif., $15,750 this month for diesel engine emissions violations that occurred in 2007 and 2008.

An ARB fleet audit found that the company had not been conducting the required annual emissions inspections on their heavy-duty diesel powered tour buses.

"Annual inspections ensure that a company's fleet is up to California' s clean air standards," said ARB Chairman Mary Nichols. "The cost of the inspections is a small price to pay for human health."

As part of the settlement, Silver State must comply with the following:

The company will pay $15,750 in penalties: $11,812.50 will go to the California Air Pollution Control Fund, which provides funding for projects and research to improve California s air quality; $1,968.75 to Peralta Community College District to fund emission education classes; and, the remaining $1,968.75 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 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.