08/10/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/10/2017 16:55
BNSF agreed to pay a total of $720,000; UPRR will pay $525,000. The cases highlight CARB's efforts to mitigate the damaging impact that older, dirtier trucks have on nearby communities that have traditionally borne the brunt of diesel pollution due to the high volume of truck traffic near the rail yards.
'CARB's commitment to protecting these disadvantaged communities near rail yards is unwavering,' said CARB Executive Officer Richard Corey. 'Union Pacific and BNSF have done the right thing by acknowledging their mistakes and agreeing to take steps that will reduce emissions and immediately improve the quality of life for those who live and breathe near the yards.'
BNSF will pay $625,000 as a mitigation project to the South Coast Air Quality Management District to fund installation of high efficiency air filtration systems in several schools located near rail yards in the greater Los Angeles/San Bernardino area. These systems dramatically reduce children's exposure to diesel particulate and other toxic air contaminants. In addition, the company will pay $95,000 to the Air Pollution Control Fund, which provides funding for projects and research to improve California's air quality, and upgrade its data collection system so that the required information on each non-compliant truck entering a BNSF facility is accurately reported to CARB.
UPRR will pay $525,000 to the Air Pollution Control Fund, and agreed to initiate a 'truck turn away program' at rail yards for trucks that are not in compliance with the Drayage Truck Regulation, thereby eliminating the need to report data on these vehicles to CARB.
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.