By Charlie Morasch, Land Line staff writer
The California Air Resources Board has fined a waste management company more than $500,000 for multiple violations of the state’s diesel truck air quality rules.
Rewards Leasing Inc., which also does business as Northbay Corp. in Santa Rosa, CA, will pay $534,000 for failing to install emission reduction retrofits on its diesel refuse trucks. The company also failed to inspect its fleet to ensure the trucks meet state smoke emission standards.
The violations were found when the company turned in its self-reported compliance records, which were reviewed by CARB enforcement staff.
Aside from paying the fine, Rewards Leasing Inc. also agreed to submit annual compliance reports for 2011 and 2012, and will install exhaust retrofits to reduce NOx from its trucks. The company also will send staff to diesel technology education classes.
“The danger of uncontrolled or faulty exhaust controls on trash trucks is particularly serious because they spend most of their time operating in neighborhoods where we live and our children play,” said ARB Enforcement Chief James Ryden, according to a news release.
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