Piazza Trucking, Inc. Settlement, 2016
Piazza Trucking, Inc. Case Settles for $221,750
Piazza Trucking Inc. will pay $221,750.00in penalties for violating air quality regulations: $166,312.00 will go to the Air Pollution Control Fund, which provides funding for projects and research to improve California's air quality; $55,438.00 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 February 12, 2016.
In March 2015, Enforcement Division initiated an investigation of Piazza Trucking Inc. from a referral from the Mobile Source Control Division. The investigation revealed that Piazza Trucking Inc. 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) failed to meet PM BACT requirements for all 1996 through 1999 engine model years by January 1, 2012, all 2000 through 2004 engine model years by January 1, 2013, and all 2005 through 2006 engine model years by January 1, 2014, and failed to upgrade all heavier vehicles with a 1993 and older model year engine to a 2010 model year emissions equivalent engine by January 1, 2015, as required by the Truck and Bus Regulation. ARB documented violations as they related to the Periodic Smoke Inspection Program (PSIP) and the Truck and Bus (TB) Regulation. To settle the case, Piazza Trucking Inc. agreed to the $221,750.00 penalty and to comply with PSIP, TB, and other ARB programs.