Three companies fined for CARB emissions violations

| 6/13/2006

The California Air Resources Board received settlements totaling $299,000 from Ferguson Enterprises Inc., BNSF Railway, and Dependable Highway Express for failing to properly self-inspect their diesel truck fleets as required under the board’s Periodic Smoke Inspection Program.

The program requires owners of California-based truck and bus fleets to perform annual inspections of their vehicles to ensure that engine emissions meet state and federal air quality standards.

According to a press release, Ferguson Enterprises Inc. paid $137,000 for noncompliance with the emissions program. The settlement was distributed between the California Air Pollution Control Fund (APCF), which received $102,750, and the Peralta Community College District, which will use the remaining $34,250 to fund diesel technology education programs at California community colleges.

In addition, all compliance personnel for Ferguson must attend diesel education and technology classes. Applicable trucks in the company’s fleet must also have the computer software upgraded to reduce excess smog-forming emissions.

BNSF Railway paid $ 65,250 to the APCF and $21,750 to the Peralta Community College District for its violations. As part of the settlement, both the California BNSF manager of environmental operations and the project manager of vehicle fleets must attend diesel education classes. The company must also upgrade its engine emissions software to meet state emissions standards.

DHE made payments to the APCF for $56,250 and to the Peralta Community College District for $18,750. In addition to upgrading engine emissions software, compliance personnel for DHE must attend training courses that focus on commercial vehicle idling regulations.