St. Louis-based beer maker Anheuser Busch will have to pay half a million dollars for failing to comply with California air pollution standards.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) says that the fine comes after an investigation that began in March 2015 which revealed that Anheuser Busch “had failed to properly self-inspect 19 diesel trucks, as required by the Periodic Smoke Inspection Program (PSIP), to ensure they met state smoke emission standards.”
CARB also says that their investigation revealed that Anheuser Busch failed to meet compliance deadlines with the state’s Truck and Bus Regulation.
In addition to the $500,000 fine, CARB says that Anhueser Busch has also “agreed to instruct its vehicle operators to comply with California’s anti-idling regulations, ensure that staff responsible for compliance with smoke-inspection program attend training classes, and provide documentation to CARB that the smoke inspection requirements are being met for the next two years.”
Half of the fine will go to fund the Air Pollution Control Fund to support research into air pollution. The other half will go to South LA Urban Greening and Community Forestry Project, which plans to plant trees in disadvantaged Los Angeles neighborhoods.