Mar-Val Food Stores, Inc. Settlement
Mar-Val Food Stores, Inc. Settles For $16,000
In October 2022, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and Mar-Val Food Stores, Inc. reached a settlement in the amount of $16,000 for the company’s violations of the Regulation for the Management of High Global Warming Potential Refrigerants for Stationary Sources, California Code of Regulations, title 17, section 95380 et seq. (RMP Regulation).
Mar-Val Food Stores, Inc., with its principal location in Lodi, California, is a grocery store chain that operates medium sized refrigeration systems having a full charge of greater than 200 and less than 2,000 pounds of refrigerant. Mar-Val Food Stores, Inc. is subject to the requirements of the RMP Regulation because it self-reported that it owns and operates stationary refrigeration systems.
In 2018, Mar-Val Food Stores, Inc.was referred to the Enforcement Division for late reporting and lack of leak inspection records as specified in California Code of Regulations, title 17, section 95386(a). CARB’s investigation identified the following violations: late annual reporting and late payment of annual implementation fees in calendar years 2019 and 2020 at five locations.
Mar-Val Food Stores, Inc. came into compliance quickly, and fully cooperated with the investigation. The penalty of $16,000 is over an unspecified number of days of violation. The total penalty amount will be deposited into CARB’s Air Pollution Control Fund, which provides funding for projects and research to improve California's air quality.