Air Quality

The California Air Resource Board (CARB) recently brought new, tighter emission standards into effect. The trash truck owned and operated by the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians was an older model Class 8 trash truck with a 2007 diesel engine that was not able to meet the new CARB emission requirements, and was not able to be modified to meet compliance.

In 2020-2021 the Rincon Environmental Department secured funding from both the Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Environmental Mitigation Trust For Indian Tribe Beneficiaries (VW Settlement) and EPA General Assistance Program (GAP) grant supplemental funding to purchase a new trash truck to service the reservation that would improve the fuel efficiency of its fleet of vehicles, and be able to meet the new emission regulations.

The Rincon Band believes the mitigation project shall result in several significant air quality and community benefits, including but not limited to: substantially reduced tailpipe emissions (including NOx), reduced particulate matter (PM) emissions, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, better vehicle performance, improved propulsion system durability, and increased comfort for the operator. Additionally, the new trash truck has a more efficient design that allows for the saving of labor costs – the truck will have a side arm that will automatically be able to lift a trash can and deposit the contained trash into the truck. The Project will lead to annual health benefits resulting from the reduced exposure to NOx. These benefits include the reduction of premature mortality, chronic bronchitis, asthma attacks, non-fatal heart attacks, as well as other serious health issues.

The new trash truck is expected to make its debut on the reservation in summer 2021.

Go back to Rincon Environmental Department (RED) Page.