Anheuser Busch, LLC Case Settlement
Anheuser Busch, LLC Case Settles for $500,000
Anheuser Busch, LLC will pay $500,000 in penalties for violating air quality regulations: $250,000 will go to the Air Pollution Control Fund, which provides funding for projects and research to improve California's air quality; $250,000 will go to the South LA Urban Greening and Community Forestry Project. The South LA Urban Greening and Community Forestry Project, proposed by California Greenworks, will plant 300 trees over a 5-year period in the public parkways of disadvantaged communities located in South Los Angeles County. To ensure authentic community engagement and participation, California Greenworks will host 15 neighborhood outreach events, and 10 South Los Angeles Community Forestry Workshops facilitated by certified arborists. This settlement was reached in December 2018.
An investigation by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) showed that Anheuser Busch, LLC failed to bring 86 of their trucks into compliance with the applicable in-use performance standards and failed to properly self-inspect their diesel trucks to assure the trucks met state smoke emission standards. CARB documented violations as Anheuser Busch, LLC had failed to: (1) properly self-inspect its diesel trucks, as required by the Periodic Smoke Inspection Program (PSIP) as codified in California Code of Regulations, title 13, section 2190 et seq. (13 CCR § 2190 et.seq.); and, (2) CARB documented that Anheuser Busch, LLC failed to have 90 percent of the fleet meet the PM BACT requirements by January 1, 2014, as required by the Truck and Bus Regulation (TB) (13 CCR § 2025(i)).
To settle the case, Anheuser Busch, LLC agreed to the $500,000 penalty and to comply with PSIP, TB, and other CARB programs.