Release 09-90
October 7, 2009

    Karen Caesar
(626) 575-6728
West coast marine cargo company fined $35,625 for emissions violations

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board fined APL Eagle Marine Services $35,625 this month for emissions violations during 2007 and 2008.

An ARB investigation showed Eagle Marine failed to properly report its diesel-powered cargo handling equipment fleet at the Port of Oakland and the Port of Los Angeles terminals. The regulation calls for 2006 or older engine serial numbers to be reported to the ARB; Eagle Marine Services reported the equipment numbers as serial numbers.

"To continue efforts to reduce diesel emissions in California, companies using equipment at ports must report, record and maintain records accurately," said Chairman Mary D. Nichols. "California's clean air future depends on all of us getting the information and training we need to obey our environmental laws."

ARB has adopted a variety of rules to cut emissions from cargo handling equipment, marine vessels and drayage trucks used at the state's ports and goods movement centers. Health risks from diesel PM are highest in areas of concentrated emissions, such as near ports, rail yards, freeways, or warehouse distribution centers.

Eagle Marine Services paid $35,625 in penalties, divided as follows:

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.