CARB reaches $13 million settlement with lumber company on emissions

| 8/7/2007

Mary Nichols is back in the saddle as chairman of the California Air Resources Board, and she’s not taking prisoners.

Nichols, appointed last month by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, announced in a news release Monday, Aug. 2, that CARB had reached a $13 million settlement with Sierra Pacific Industries for a litany of California emissions violations.

According to CARB, Sierra Pacific:

  • Falsified emission reports and tampered with monitoring equipment;
  • Failed to report emissions that were above allowable limits;
  • Exceeded several permit emission limits for several years;
  • Failed to operate and maintain pollution control equipment; and
  • Discharged soot into homes near one plant.


CARB – which is midway into issuing a truckload of diesel emissions laws – is expanding its emissions enforcement officer program and has fined trucking companies millions of dollars since 2006.

“This settlement should send a clear message to companies throughout the state that the environmental cops are on the beat,” Nichols said.

CARB broke down the $13 million settlement into $8.5 million for public agency costs, fees and penalties, and $4.5 million to be used for programs to benefit air quality.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer