Release 09-82
September 9, 2009

    Karen Caesar
(626) 575-6728

Coachella Valley construction company fined $31,950 for emissions violations

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board fined Dateland Construction Co., Inc $31,950 last month for emissions violations during 2007 and 2008.

An ARB investigation showed Dateland Construction, based in Indio, Calif., failed to properly inspect their diesel trucks as required by California law.

"Inspection and maintenance costs for a diesel truck fleet are far cheaper than paying penalties," said ARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols. "Public health suffers the consequences when a company ignores clean-air laws."

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.

As part of the settlement, Dateland Construction is required to:

Dateland Construction agreed to pay $31,950 in penalties: $23,962.50 will go to the California Air Pollution Control Fund for projects and research to improve California's air quality. The Peralta Community College District will receive $3,993.75 to fund emissions education classes conducted by participating California community colleges; and, the remaining $3,993.75 will go 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 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.

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