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Diesel Truck Emissions

Plumas County, CA: (Nov-27-07) The California Air Resources Board (ARB) brought charges against Waste Management, a trash hauling company, alleging that it failed to properly inspect its diesel truck fleet to assure state emission standards were met. Records show that Waste Management, the nation's largest trash hauler, settled air quality violations that occurred in 2004 and 2005 throughout the state. Sources stated that California's Periodic Smoke Inspection Program, which requires annual smoke opacity tests of California-based fleets, in conjunction with a roadside smoke inspection program, is used to ensure that all of California's heavy-duty vehicles are properly maintained, tamper-free and free from excessive smoke emissions. It said that the company had failed to adhere to federal standards in this regard.

As part of a settlement reached, Waste Management agreed to pay the California Air Resources Board over $1 million to resolve allegations. Further, in addition to the settlement monies, Waste Management has agreed to comply with the smoke inspection program and will require all fleet staff responsible for compliance with the ARB's regulations to attend classes conducted by the California Council on Diesel Education and Technology. [PLUMAS NEWS: TRUCK EMISSIONS]

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Published on Nov-28-07


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