Merced Union High School District Case Settlement
Merced Union High School District Case Settles for $18,750
An investigation by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) showed that Merced Union High School District (MUHSD) was in violation of the Truck and Bus Regulation (California Code of Regulations, title 13, section 2025(k)). The violations were first discovered through a routine audit and later confirmed during the investigation. MUHSD failed to bring 66% of its school bus fleet into compliance by January 1, 2013, and 100% into compliance by January 1, 2014.
The total penalty assessed in this case was $18,750, with a per unit penalty of $1,875.00. An agreement between CARB and MUHSD includes payment of $3,750 and completion of a mitigation plan at MUHSD’s own expense to mitigate emissions from these violations. If MUHSD is unable to comply with the terms set forth in the settlement agreement, MUHSD will pay $18,750 in penalties for violating air quality regulations.
MUHSD agreed to the conditions of the settlement agreement including the mitigation plan. The payment of $3,750 will go to the Air Pollution Control Fund, which provides funding for projects and research to improve California's air quality. MUHSD must also submit proof of compliance with the Truck and Bus Regulation within 180 days of the execution of Settlement Agreement. MUHSD and CARB continue to work through a compliance plan in order to fully comply with the Truck and Bus Regulation.