Agricola Baja Best Settlement
Agricola Baja Best Case Settles for $19,875
Agricola Baja Best will pay $19,875.00 in penalties for violating air quality regulations: $14,910.00 will go to the Air Pollution Control Fund, which provides funding for projects and research to improve California's air quality; $4,965.00 will go to the Peralta Colleges Foundation to fund emission education classes conducted by participating California community colleges, under the California Council for Diesel Education and Technology (CCDET) program. This settlement was reached in January 2016.
An investigation by the Air Resources Board (ARB) showed that Agricola Baja Best failed to: (1) bring their diesel fueled Transport Refrigeration Units (TRU) into compliance with the applicable in-use performance standards; (2) failed to report all required information for an on-road diesel fueled vehicle subject to the Truck and Bus (TB) Regulation; and (3) properly self-inspect their diesel fueled trucks to assure the trucks met state smoke emission standards. ARB documented violations as they related to the Periodic Smoke Inspection Program (PSIP), the TRU Regulation and, TB Regulation. To settle the case, Agricola Baja Best agreed to the $19,875.00 penalty and to comply with PSIP, TRU, TB, and other ARB programs.