Release 09-71
August 11, 2009

    Karen Caesar
(626) 575-6728

Los Angeles County waste hauler fined $21,500 for emissions violations

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board fined waste hauler NASA Services $21,500 this month for emissions violations during 2007.

An ARB investigation showed NASA Services, based in Montebello, Calif., failed to comply with the solid waste collection vehicle rule by neglecting to install as many emission-reduction devices as required by law.

"Controlling diesel emissions is a top priority to protect California's air," said Chairman Mary D. Nichols. "Diesel engines are the largest source of toxic air contaminants on our state."

NASA Services paid $21,500 in penalties: $16,125 went to the California Air Pollution Control Fund for projects and research to improve California's air quality. The Peralta Community College District received $2,687.50 to fund emissions education classes conducted by participating California community colleges; and, the remaining $2,687.50 went to the California Pollution Control Financing Authority which guarantees loans to off-road vehicle fleets that need to buy exhaust retrofits to comply with state regulations.

Diesel exhaust contains a variety of harmful gases and over 40 other known cancer-causing substances. In 1998, California identified diesel exhaust as a toxic air contaminant based on its potential to cause cancer, premature death and other health problems. New research links vehicle exhaust and lung cancer mortality in trucking industry workers exposed to diesel and other types of vehicle emissions with increasing years of work.

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.