The California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently fined General Produce Co. $30,900 for violations of reporting standards during 2006 at its Sacramento, CA, facility. According to CARB, the company failed to submit a required one-time report for transportation refrigeration units. Facilities with 20 or more cold-storage loading docks are required to monitor and report on activities that take place during the loading and unloading of perishables goods at distribution centers, which create emissions from diesel-powered refrigeration units mounted on trucks, trailers, shipping containers and rail cars.
“Companies that fail to submit the reports required in this and other diesel fleet regulations set the stage for further non-compliance and continued production of harmful emissions; they also create an unfair advantage over compliant companies,” said CARB enforcement chief, James Ryden.
According to CARB, General Produce paid $30,900 in penalties; $23,175 to the California Air Pollution Control Fund for projects and research to improve California's air quality and $7,725 to participating California community colleges to fund emissions education classes.
CARB also recently fined Target Corp. $500,000 for selling products between 2006 and 2008 that do not comply with the state’s clean air regulations. CARB enforcement officers found that the retail chain marketed, sold, supplied and contracted with companies providing non-compliant products to California’s market, including portable generators, portable fuel containers, automotive windshield washer fluid and liquid air fresheners.