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OPINION
 Do not re-elect Dean Florez or Juan Arambula

$1,049,500 of Fresno taxpayer money is goes up in smoke under heavy-handed CARB Regulations.  The city was forced into a deal.  Who, you might ask are the representatives for the residents of Fresno? They are none other than
State Senator Dean Florez and State Assembly Member Juan Arambula.

State Senator Dean Florez
is the committee chair for air quality, while State Assembly Member Juan Arambula sits on the budget committee. In the opinion of one resident "These two crooks need to be exposed".  Fresno residents, these two people are supposed to be working for you!  Remember their names the next time you have a chance to vote them out of office. Be sure to fill their mailboxes with your thoughts--DO IT TODAY!



News Release from the California Air Resources Board website:

Release 09-73
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 18, 2009

    Karen Caesar
(626) 575-6728
www.arb.ca.gov

City of Fresno to pay up to $1 million for new diesel vehicles
City also fined $49,250 for diesel emissions violations

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board last week fined the city of Fresno $49,500 for diesel emissions violations at multiple fleet centers and entered into a settlement that will bring the city's fleet of diesel vehicles into compliance with state regulations ahead of the mandated schedule.

ARB investigators found that the city had not been testing, measuring, recording, and maintaining the records of their on-road vehicle fleet's diesel smoke emissions.

"The city of Fresno went through extraordinary steps to resolve these violations and work with us to craft an effective settlement that will provide cleaner air for its residents," said ARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols. "This settlement not only remedies the violations but goes much further to reduce emissions from the city's off-road fleet ahead of ARB's regulatory timeline."

Under the settlement, the city must:

  • Ensure that staff responsible for compliance with the diesel truck emissions inspection program attend California Community College diesel education courses and provide certificates of completion within one year;
  • Instruct on and off-road vehicle operators to comply with the state's idling regulations;
  • Complete heavy-duty diesel engine software and control technology upgrades in compliance with regulations;
  • Supply all smoke emissions inspection records to ARB for the next four years;
  • Confirm that all engines are properly labeled to ensure compliance with the engine emissions certification program regulations;
  • Retire eight off-road heavy duty vehicles by March 1, 2010 and replace them with new vehicles at an estimated cost of $400,000 in order to comply with the 2011 requirement one year early; and,
  • Pending budget approval, retire an additional seven to 12 off-road vehicles by March 1, 2011 and replace them with new vehicles at an estimated cost of $350,000 to $600,000 in order to comply with the 2013 regulatory requirement two years early.

In addition, the city is not allowed to apply for any funding from the Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program for early compliance with the off-road vehicle rule.

The California Air Pollution Control Fund, established to mitigate various sources of pollution through education and the advancement and use of cleaner technology, will receive $36,937.50 of the $49,500 fine; $6,156.25 will go to the Peralta Community College District to fund diesel education classes conducted by California Community Colleges statewide; and, the remaining $6,156.25 to the California Air Pollution Control Financing Authority to guarantee low interest loans for fleets purchasing diesel exhaust retrofits or new engines or vehicles.

Failure to inspect diesel vehicles can lead to an increase in harmful airborne particles that Californians breathe. In 1998, the ARB listed diesel particulate matter as a toxic air contaminant in order to protect public health. Exposure to diesel emissions can increase the risk of asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory diseases.

The Air Resources Board is a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency. ARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.

The energy challenge facing California is real. Every Californian needs to take immediate action to reduce energy consumption. For a list of simple ways you can reduce demand and cut your energy cost, see our web site at http://www.arb.ca.gov

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