Company to pay almost $65,000 for CARB truck violations

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line staff writer | 2/26/2008

One California company will pay almost $65,000 to settle with the California Air Resources Board after failing to test emissions of its fleet in 2006 and 2007.

ValleyCrest Companies of Calabasas, CA, agreed to pay $48,000 to the California Air Pollution Control Fund and $16,219 to the Peralta Community College District for diesel technology education programs.

CARB requires annual smoke inspections for diesel trucks.

ValleyCrest – a landscaping company – agreed also to complete training through the California Council on Diesel Education and Technology and to affix emission control labels to truck engines. In addition, “all applicable employees must be instructed on how to comply with California idling restrictions by February 2009,” and ValleyCrest will submit compliance records to the state through 2012.

“Neglecting all or part of required maintenance can have serious impact on a company’s profits and have a detrimental effect on air quality and public health,” CARB Chairman Mary Nichols stated in a press release.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer

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