CARB fines company for not reporting cargo handling equipment

| 10/8/2009

The California Air Resources Board has fined one port cargo mover for failing to report engine information.

APL Eagle Marine Services was fined $35,625 after a CARB investigation allegedly revealed the company failed to properly report its diesel-powered cargo handling equipment at terminals at the Port of Oakland and the Port of Los Angeles

The alleged violations occurred in 2007 and 2008. CARB requires engine serial numbers for 2006 and older engines to be reported to the air quality agency.

In a statement, CARB said Eagle Marine reported the equipment numbers as serial numbers.

“To continue efforts to reduce diesel emissions in California, companies using equipment at ports must report, record and maintain records accurately,” CARB Chairman Mary Nichols said in a statement. “California’s clean air future depends on all of us getting the information and training we need to obey our environmental laws.”

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer