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
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
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.