Release 09-115
December 22, 2009

    Dimitri Stanich
General Produce Company fined $30,900 for reporting violations

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board fined General Produce Company $30,900 last month for reporting violations during 2006 at its Sacramento, Calif. facility.

General Produce failed to submit a one-time report for their transportation refrigeration units at their facility, as required by law. TRUs are refrigeration systems that are powered by diesel engines that control the environment of temperature-sensitive products in refrigerated trucks, trailers, railcars and shipping containers.

"Companies that fail to submit the reports required in this and other diesel fleet regulations set the stage for further non-compliance and continued production of harmful emissions; they also create an unfair advantage over compliant companies," said ARB Enforcement Chief James Ryden.

Facilities with 20 or more cold storage loading docks are required to monitor, keep records and report activities that create emissions from diesel-powered refrigeration units mounted on trucks, trailers, shipping containers and rail cars. These activities take place during the loading and unloading of perishables goods at distribution centers around the state.

General Produce paid $30,900 in penalties: $23,175 went to the California Air Pollution Control Fund for projects and research to improve California's air quality. The remaining $7,725 went to participating Community Colleges through out the state to fund emissions education classes.

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.