The California Air Resources Board has fined two waste disposal companies $77,875 for violating state air quality regulations.
CARB levied administrative fines of $39,250 to Burlingame, Calif.-based Redwood Debris Box Service and $38,625 to Bakersfield, Calif.-based Mountainside Disposal Inc./Price Disposal Inc., according to a CARB news release.
CARB initiated separate investigations of each company, which found they both didn’t install diesel particulate filters in time to meet specific deadlines as required by California regulations, the air quality agency said in the release.
Both companies also failed to properly self-inspect diesel trucks to ensure they met the state’s smoke emission standards.
Redwood Box Debris Service provides services for recycling dirt, concrete, green waste, demolitions and other materials.
Mountainside Disposal has contracts for trash collection services in Kern County, Los Angeles County and Ventura County as well as with Bakersfield and Arvin.
CARB said 75 percent of the fines, or $58,405.75, will go to the California Air Pollution Control Fund to provide funding for projects and research to improve the state’s air quality. The remaining $19,000 will fund emission education classes at the Peralta Colleges Foundation.
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