City of Gardena Settlement
$8,000 in Fines Paid by The City of Gardena
The City of Gardena paid $8,000 in penalties for violating air quality regulations; $6,000 went to the California Air Pollution Control Fund, $1,000 to the Peralta Community College District for distribution to participating California Council on Diesel Education and Technology (CCDET) colleges and $1,000 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 and the case was closed in December 2008. An investigation by the ARB showed that this time the City of Gardena failed to comply with the Fleet Rule for Transit Agencies – Transit Fleet Vehicle Requirements by exceeding the transit fleet vehicle Particulate Matter (PM) emission total and the City of Gardena failed to properly self-inspect the portion of their diesel powered vehicle fleet that falls under the Periodic Smoke Inspection Program (PSIP). In 2004, the City of Gardena was fined $5,000 for violations of the reporting requirements for Transit Agencies and exceeding the NOx emission standard of the Fleet Rule for Transit Agencies-Urban Bus Requirements. To settle the current case, the City of Gardena agreed to the $8,000 penalty and to comply with the Fleet Rule for Transit Agencies and the PSIP.