Violation of CARB’s reefer restrictions cost company $63,300

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line staff writer | 8/14/2008

The California Air Resources Board has fined a Los Angeles-based subsidiary of Hormel Foods more than $60,000 for violating multiple air regulations in the Golden State.

According to CARB documents, Clougherty Packing/Farmer John failed to report refrigeration facility data, and also failed to inspect its diesel truck fleet during 2006 and 2007.

Facilities with 20 or more cold storage loading docks are required to monitor emissions and record and report activities that create emissions, including diesel-powered refrigeration units on trucks, trailers, shipping containers and rail cars.

Annual diesel truck inspections are aimed at making sure fleets meet California emission standards and limit diesel particulate matter and nitrogen oxides.

In addition to the fine, Farmer John will:

  • Submit delinquent transport refrigeration facility reports;
  • Ensure that staff who are responsible for diesel truck emissions inspection compliance attend diesel education courses within one year;
  • Instruct drivers to comply with the state’s idling regulations;
  • Complete heavy-duty diesel engine software and control technology upgrades;
  • Supply all smoke inspection records to CARB for the next four years; and
  • Properly label engines to ensure compliance with the engine emission certification program regulations.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer

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