CARB fines California propane company $36,375 for diesel violations

| 9/8/2008

The California Air Resources Board has fined a California propane company $36,375 for violating the state’s diesel truck emission regulations.

A CARB audit found that Suburban Propane of Cameron Park, CA, didn’t perform annual inspections of its heavy-duty diesel trucks between 2006 and 2007 at 16 different distribution centers in the Golden State.

“(Our) diesel inspection program keeps dirty trucks off the roadways so communities can breathe easier,” CARB Chief Counsel Ellen Peter said in a written statement. “We will continue to ferret out and assess penalties against companies failing to inspect their vehicles.”

Suburban Propane has agreed to:

    • Guarantee that employees who are responsible for vehicle inspections will attend a mandatory class on diesel emissions within one year;
    • Provide documentation to CARB to show inspections are being carried out during the next four years;
    • Revise truck engine software with the latest low-NOx programming and ensure all diesel truck engines meet federal emissions standards for their vehicle model year and are labeled with an engine certification label.