eBay have been hit with a $79,200 fine for polluting the atmosphere. Emergency generators were apparently left running at data center although there was no emergency or maintenance work was being carried out.
It seems a rather harsh penalty but Larry Greene from the Sacramento Air Quality District said â€œBad air is bad for business and discharging harmful pollutants over several days carries a big fine when compromising the air quality and the health of our residentsâ€
The penalty was reached through a voluntary program designed to resolve violations without the time and expense of litigation. Settlement funds will be used to help support the District’s mission of improving air quality in the Sacramento region.