California fines carriers over air quality

Jill Dunn | March 06, 2012

The California Air Resources Board just settled 33 cases of air quality violations for nearly $227,000 in penalties, mostly related to emissions self-inspections.

On March 6, the board announced that for the fourth quarter of 2011, five trucking companies received the heaviest fines in this category. The largest of $24,750 was levied against Dole Fresh Fruit for not correctly labeling its diesel-powered transport refrigeration unit generator sets.

For failing to properly self-inspect its diesel trucks for state smoke emission standards, CARB penalized Hendrickson Trucking Inc. $19,875, Dynalectric Los Angeles $15,750 and Harrison Trucking Inc. $13,175.

United Food Group LLC was fined $13,725 for not bringing the company’s TRUs into state compliance and for not properly self-inspecting its diesel trucks to meet state smoke emission standards.

Of the fines collected, $170,400 went to the California Air Pollution Control Fund to support research and $56,549 was awarded to the Peralta Community College District to fund classes at participating California community colleges.