BETHEL ISLAND -- Bay Area Air Quality Management District will give a presentation this month on emissions requirements for commercial diesel engines.

The public meeting will be 6 to 9:30 p.m. April 18 at Scout Hall, 3090 Ranch Lane, Bethel Island.

Representatives from the air pollution control agency will talk from 6 to 7:30 p.m., followed by a time for the audience to ask questions.

The discussion, which pertains to a wide variety of equipment from portable generators, backhoes and dump trucks to charter vessels and forklifts, will focus on what commercial diesel engine owners must do to comply with state and federal emission reduction requirements and how to obtain the money that's available to help them do it.

Speakers will cover the health risks that diesel emissions pose as well as the equipment that must be reported, deadlines for compliance, and penalties for violations, which can be as much as $10,000 per day for each piece of equipment.

Seating is limited, so attendees are asked to RSVP no later than April 12 by calling 925-626-7216 or emailing Landseaandairindustries@gmail.com.

-- Rowena Coetsee