Waste Management settles violations
Waste Management recently settled with the California
Air Resources Board (ARB) for more than $1 million for failing to properly
inspect its diesel truck fleet to assure state emission standards were met.
Waste Management, the nation’s largest trash hauler, settled for air
quality violations that occurred in 2004 and 2005 throughout the state.
California’s Periodic Smoke Inspection Program, which requires annual
smoke opacity tests of California-based fleets, in conjunction with a roadside
smoke inspection program, is used to ensure that all of California’s
heavy-duty vehicles are properly maintained, tamper-free and free from excessive
In addition to the settlement monies, Waste Management has agreed to comply
with the smoke inspection program and will require all fleet staff responsible
for compliance with the ARB’s regulations to attend classes conducted
by the California Council on Diesel Education and Technology. Waste Management
must also supply to ARB all smoke inspection records for the 2007 and subsequent
All monies are being paid to the California Air Pollution Control Fund.