CARB fines waste hauler $270,000 for diesel emissions

| 9/24/2009

The California Air Resources Board recently fined one waste hauler $270,000 for allegedly failing to inspect its diesel fleet in 2005 and 2006.

CARB fined Athens Disposal Co., of Athens, CA, for failed diesel inspections as well as “neglecting to install legally required emissions reduction devices from 2004 and 2008.”

“Routine truck inspections are critical in reducing those emissions and providing clean air for residents,” said CARB Chairman Mary Nichols, according to an agency statement.

Besides paying the fine, Athens is required to send employees responsible for diesel inspections to a training class on compliance testing; provide documentation to CARB that inspections are carried out during the next four years; ensure that all heavy-duty diesel vehicles have the latest low-NOx software programming; and retrofit the appropriate number of solid waste collection vehicles with the best available control technology.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer