Waste Management pays CARB $1 million for diesel truck emissions

| 11/26/2007

The California Air Resources Board continues to collect fines related to diesel truck emissions.

CARB recently collected more than $1 million from Waste Management Inc. for failing to inspect its diesel truck fleet.

“Trash pickup is a critical service, but emissions spewed from uninspected trucks are not something Californians should pay for with their health,” said CARB Chairman Mary Nichols, according to an agency news release. “Our enforcement teams will continue to ensure clean air laws are taken seriously.”

According to Waste Management Inc.’s Web site, the company claims to have the largest fleet of heavy-duty trucks in the waste movement industry. The Waste Management Web site states that the fleet was recently converted from diesel-burning to natural gas burning.

California’s Periodic Smoke Inspection Program requires annual smoke opacity tests for California-based truck fleets.

According to the agency’s Web site, CARB collected $1 million in fines from trucking companies in all of 2006, and had levied more than $1 million during the first six months of this year alone.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer