CARB levies $700,000 total in diesel fines to two CA companies

| 11/3/2009

The California Air Resources Board recently hit two in-state businesses with heavy fines for their alleged failure to comply with state diesel rules.

CARB fined EDCO, a Southern California-based trash-hauling company, $219,500 for failing to perform annual smoke inspections on some of its diesel trucks. The company has facilities in Agua Mansa, Armour, Buena Park, Escondido, Fallbrook, Federal, Long Beach, Ramona and San Marcos.

In a different case, CARB fined Montebello-based Key Disposal Inc. $500,000 for failing to inspect its fleet and retrofit some trucks with diesel particulate filters. According to CARB, the agency offered to settle with Key Disposal and company President John Katangian for a lower dollar amount. Because no agreement was reached, California Attorney General Jerry Brown sued the company in civil court, leading to the $500,000 settlement.

According to the court order, the company and Katangian will pay $250,000 and the balance of the fine will be stayed, pending no further violations.

CARB Chairman Mary Nichols said the Key Disposal settlement shows that any business that “fails to take its responsibilities seriously or attempts to take shortcuts can expect to pay a high price for its actions.”

“This significant fine reflects how seriously we take violations of our air quality regulations,” Nichols said in a written statement.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer