Release 07-21      
June 12, 2007


Gennet Paauwe
Patricia Rey
(916) 322-2990

The Air Resources Board's Enforcement Efforts Stepped Up in 2006

SACRAMENTO - The ARB's enforcement program has grown to keep pace with an array of operational demands from testing heavy-duty diesel vehicles for smoke emissions and tampering, intercepting imports of illegal vehicles, engines and consumer products; to keeping school buses from idling too long and too close to children's developing lungs. The program's growth has been accompanied by an increase in the number of enforcement actions in 2006 of more than 26% from the year before.

"Keeping California in compliance is a big job, but it is a crucial task to keep moving toward our goal of clean air," said ARB Chairman Dr. Robert Sawyer.

The ARB 2006 Annual Report of Enforcement Activities key highlights are:

Violations of California's air quality laws and regulations range from minor breaches of the State's regulations to criminal actions. The enforcement program ensures the ARB's research, modeling and assessment; and development and adoption of regulations achieve the anticipated emission reductions for a healthier California.

The ARB is responsible for controlling emissions from statewide sources of air pollution, mobile sources, toxic air contaminants and consumer products. Additionally, ARB oversees the efforts of 35 local air pollution agencies. To review the ARB 2006 Annual Report of Enforcement Activities, please visit here.

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.