Release 09-104
November 24, 2009

    Dimitri Stanich
Telecommunications contractor fined $19,800 for emissions violations

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board last week fined Washington-based Cablecom $19,800 for failing to inspect their diesel trucks for compliance with the state's smoke emissions standards.

ARB investigators found that the telecommunications contractor failed to conduct diesel truck smoke tests in 2007, as required by state law.

"All ARB regulations are adopted with the goal of protecting public health," said ARB Enforcement Chief James Ryden. "Industry compliance is the key to achieving this goal; and when violations are discovered, a company's cooperative remediation quickly gets us back on track."

Under the penalty, Cablecom must:

Failure to inspect diesel vehicles can lead to an increase in harmful airborne particles that Californians breathe. 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.

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.