Waste Connections Inc. Settlement
Waste Connections Inc. Case Settles for $18,375
The California Air Resources Board fined Waste Connections Inc. $18,375 for emissions violations in 2008. In December 2008, Waste Connections Inc., headquartered in Folsom, Calif., purchased S.E.I. Solid Waste Inc. located in Arnold, Calif. Waste Connections then self-disclosed to ARB inspectors that S.E.I vehicles were not compliant with California's trash truck rules. Waste Connections provided an aggressive schedule for bringing the fleet into compliance, as well as submitting to a statewide audit for all of their California terminals for compliance with the ARB's smoke inspection, engine labeling and trash truck programs. Waste Connections paid $18,375 in penalties: $13,781.25 went to the California Air Pollution Control Fund for projects and research to improve California's air quality. The Peralta Community College District received $2,296.88 to fund emissions education classes conducted by participating California community colleges; and, the remaining $2,296.87 went to the California Pollution Control Financing Authority which guarantees loans to off-road vehicle fleets that need to buy exhaust retrofits to comply with state regulations.