The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has reached a settlement with Republic Services Inc. and several companies operating under it, for violation of CARB’s air quality regulations. The companies include Allied Waste of California Inc., Allied Waste Transportation Inc., Bay Leasing Company Inc., BFI Waste Systems of North America LLC, Browning-Ferris Industries of California Inc., Consolidated Disposal Service LLC, Delta Container Corporation, Golden Bear Transfer Services Inc., Independent Trucking Company, International Disposal Corp. of California, N Leasing Company LLC, Rainbow Disposal Co., Ramona Landfill Inc., Solano Garbage Company, Sunrise Sanitation Service Inc., Tayman Industries Inc., and West Contra Costa Sanitary Landfill Inc.
An investigation by CARB showed that the companies had failed to: (1) properly self-inspect their diesel trucks, as required by the Periodic Smoke Inspection Program (PSIP); (2) bring their trucks into compliance as outlined in the Truck and Bus (TB) Regulation; (3) bring their trucks into compliance by the deadlines set for in the Solid Waste Collection Vehicles and Heavy Crane Regulation, and (5) report changes to CARB as required by the In-Use Off-Road Diesel-Fueled Fleets Regulation.
The full settlement amount of US$211,250 will be deposited into CARB’s Air Pollution Control Fund, which provides funding for projects and research to improve California’s air quality. Terms of the settlement include a requirement that the companies attend a smoke-test training course, submit PSIP tests for the entire applicable fleet for calendar years 2020 and 2021, and comply with the TB Regulation, SWCV Regulation, Off-Road Regulation, PSIP Regulation, and other CARB regulations going forward.