A trucking company and a major bottled water maker recently agreed to pay thousands of dollars for violating air quality standards in California.
Don E. Keith Transportation has been fined $9,750 by the California Air Resources Board for diesel truck emission violations that occurred in 2005.
A CARB fleet audit found the company hadn’t been inspecting their heavy-duty diesel vehicles annually, as required by California law.
Also, CARB recently fined DS Waters of America, Inc., $74,000 for violating California clean air laws.
Specifically, CARB blamed DS Waters – a bottled water company headquartered in Atlanta – for failing to inspect its fleet of diesel trucks or to document such inspections.
“Shrewd business owners carry out regular inspections and ensure employees are up-to-speed on clean air requirements,” CARB Chairman Mary Nichols said in a written statement. “The penalties for not doing so can cost a business money and their reputation.”