CARB Destroys College Euipment


By Fred Kelly Grant on June 18th, 2014

Preparation has begun in earnest for the northern California public hearing related to EPA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and their rule on diesel filters.   The hearing which is being hosted by the City of Redding, and its active Shasta Coordinating Committee, will include evidence from all folks in the area who have relevant testimony and documents as to harm to their property interests and values to be caused by the plan.

As usual when the EPA and its minions go to work to regulate rural America, they place common sense on the ledge above the sink and leave it there.

As I began early preparations I interviewed a Trustee of the Shasta Community College, a local college with fine campus resources in three locations within Shasta County.   His testimony is some of the most frightening since I have started a final thrust to de-fang the EPA.

As you will see during this short excerpt from the video, CARB destroyed perfectly good equipment being used daily at the school for its courses on operating and maintaining heavy equipment.  The equipment never leaves the campus.  But it did not have one of the newly deified diesel exhaust filters, so CARB would not allow its use.  CARB agents came to the College, and used a blow torch to burn holes through the operating parts of the perfectly operating equipment, which was then hauled off for scrap.

CARB then offered the county a grant of near $500,000 from tax dollars to replace the equipment.  The school had to come up with matching of about $98,000 which came from tax dollars and industry donations.

Keep in mind this class heavy equipment was not used off campus; it was not the type 24-7 over road use that was first attacked by EPA. CARB, by wrote, interfered in the educational quality at a state community college—-and used tax dollars to do it.  This is another example of the adage:  If you give a bureaucrat a power, he will use it!  With that in mind, here’s Shasta Community College trustee board member Scott Swendiman.

The testimony at the hearing will demonstrate the high cost of implementation of a rule that scientists say is not only unnecessary, but impractical, expensive, and perhaps unsafe.   Several witnesses have already been interviewed, but the Shasta Coordinating Committee would like to talk to you if you suffered or will suffer from the Diesel Exhaust Rule or from the rising costs of the products you buy as the expense of compliance for the trucks that carry them increases.

Many lawsuits have been filed to try to stop the state’s efforts to force this equipment on trucks.   But, the Shasta Coordinating Committee, the Redding City Council and the Construction Truckers Association will seek relief through the coordinating process which requires federal agencies to make every effort to seek consistency with local policies and authority.

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