Anheuser Busch pays $500,000 to settle violating California’s air pollution laws

Anheuser Busch, LLC  (AB) has been handed a $500,000 fine, by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), for violating California’s air pollution laws.

The fine comes as an investigation, launched in March of 2015, that discovered that the brewing company had failed to meet the standards on self-inspections of 19 diesel trucks. The inspections were to see if the trucks met state smoke emission standards issued by CARB.

“No business large or small has the right to shirk responsibility when it comes to proper maintenance of the trucks it uses,” said CARB Enforcement Division Chief Todd Sax. “California has some of the country’s poorest air quality and because of this, our laws are tough to protect public health.  All businesses must do their part to ensure their fleets are fully compliant with California’s anti-pollution regulations that are designed to clean our air and protect our children.”

AB has agreed to the fine, with $250,000 going to the Air Pollution Control Fund, to support air pollution research, and the other half going to South La Urban Greening and Community Forestry Project.