City of Bell Gardens Settlement
$3,000 in Fines Paid by City of Bell Gardens
The City of Bell Gardens paid $3,000 in penalties for violating air quality regulations; $2,250 went to the California Air Pollution Control Fund, $375 to the Peralta Community College District for distribution to participating California Council on Diesel Education and Technology (CCDET) colleges and $375 to the California Pollution Control Financing Authority to guarantee loans to off-road vehicle fleets that need to buy exhaust retrofits to comply with the in-use off-road diesel vehicle regulation. This settlement was reached in November 2008. An investigation by the Air Resources Board (ARB) showed that the City of Bell Gardens failed to comply with the Fleet Rule for Transit Agencies –Transit Fleet Vehicle Requirements by exceeding the transit fleet Particulate Matter (PM) emission total and reporting requirements for transit agencies by failing to submit the annual report on time. In addition, the City of Bell Gardens also failed to properly self-inspect the portion of their diesel powered vehicle fleet that falls under the Periodic Smoke Inspection Program (PSIP). To settle the case, the City of Bell Gardens agreed to the $3,000 penalty and to comply with the Fleet Rule for Transit Agencies –Transit Fleet Vehicle and Reporting Requirements and the PSIP.