The California Air Resources Board said it has collected another $653,250 in fines for violations of state air quality laws.
ARB fined three international shipping companies a combined $440,250 for failure to switch from "bunker" fuel to cleaner, low-sulfur marine distillate fuel upon entering regulated California waters.
Under California law, oceangoing vessels must switch to cleaner fuel within 24 nautical miles of the shoreline - a requirement designed to reduce diesel exhaust emissions.
The fines were issued against Hoegh Autoliners Shipping AS Co. of Oslo, Norway; N.C.N Corp. Panama; and Twin Phoenix Shipping S.A. of Singapore.
ARB also said Houston-based Midway Importing Inc., a nationwide distributor and marketer of health and beauty care brands, has paid $213,000 for violating consumer products regulations that protect air quality.
ARB said hair gel products sold or supplied by Midway exceeded state limits for volatile organic compounds.
Fine proceeds will be paid to the California Air Pollution Control Fund, which supports clean air research.
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