County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works Settlement
County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works Case Settles for $256,375
In May 2014, Los Angeles Department of Public Works paid $256,375.00 in penalties for violating air quality regulations: $192,281.00 went to the California Air Pollution Control Fund, which provides funding for projects and research to improve California's air quality; $64,094.00 went 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.
An investigation by the Air Resources Board (CARB) showed that Los Angeles Department of Public Works failed to bring the Transit and Public Agency Fleet in compliance with the applicable in-use performance standards and failed to properly self-inspect their diesel trucks to assure that the vehicles met state smoke emission standards. ARB documented violations as they relate to the Periodic Smoke Inspection Program (PSIP), Emission Control Label (ECL) regulation, and strict liability violations of the Transit Fleet Vehicle (Transit Fleet) and Public Agency and Utility (PAU) Air Toxic Control Measures. To settle the case, Los Angeles Department of Public Works agreed to the $256,375.00 penalty and to comply with the PSIP, ECL, Transit Fleet and PAU regulations.