CARB Fines Tennessee Beverage Carrier $116K for Air Quality Violations

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CARB yesterday announced the agency has fined a Tennessee beverage distributer $11,6400 for violating the state’s air quality laws.

CARB inspectors allege that DBI Beverage Inc. “failed to inspect its diesel trucks in 2011 and 2012 as required by ARB’s Periodic Smoke Inspection Program to insure they meet state smoke emission standards.”

In addition, the investigators found that the company failed to properly affix Emission  Control Labels on its fleet’s engines, which is required by state law.

“While DBI Beverage Inc. did violate California’s air quality regulations, the company does not have a history of past violations, and its representatives were fully cooperative,” said ARB Enforcement Chief Jim Ryden. “It benefits all of us who live and work in California when air pollution rules are observed and
enforced. DBI Beverage Inc. accepted responsibility for its actions and will be taking the necessary steps to ensure that its fleet complies with the state’s air quality regulations.”

DBI is baseed in Tennessee.  The company operates 185 trucks and is the parent company of 8 companies operating distributorships in California.

DBI Beverage has agreed to pay $87,3000 to the California Air Pollution Control Fund.