Ain’t Rite: CARB fines retailer for windshield washer fluid

| 2/5/2009

Truckers have known for some time that the California Air Resources Board isn’t messing around when it comes to emissions.

Now a large retail chain has found out about the state agency’s commitment to cutting emissions.

CARB recently announced it had fined Rite Aid Corporation $340,000 for violating the state’s clean air regulations. The company allegedly had sold windshield washer fluid that is specially formulated for colder, mountainous areas. Because the fluid was sold throughout the state, its use contributed to ozone creation in the state’s lower and warmer regions.

“California’s retail stores are responsible for assuring that the products they sell complies with our anti-smog regulations,” said Mary Nichols, CARB chairman.

Rite Aid was found to have sold more than 10,000 gallons of noncompliant product between 2003 and 2007, even after CARB requested they stop selling and stocking the product.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer