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Caterpillar to pay CARB $510,000 for shipping engines deemed illegal
Jul, 13 2012
Caterpillar Inc. will pay the California Air Resources Board $510,000 after a lengthy investigation showed the diesel engine manufacturer shipped and sold nearly 590,000 engines without installing emissions control devices.
The investigation was pursued by CARB, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Justice, according to a CARB news release. The federal portion of the investigation was concluded last year. All told, the company will pay $2.5 million in total fines as a result of the emissions violations.
“This was a complex case that demonstrates successful cooperation between different agencies with overlapping jurisdictions,” CARB Executive Officer James Goldstene said, according to the CARB news release. “The result is cleaner air and the assurance that a major player in this competitive manufacturing field is now playing by the appropriate rules.”
According to CARB, the on-road and off-road engines didn’t have emissions-control devices installed, and also didn’t meet CARB reporting and engine label requirements.
Illinois-based Caterpillar recalled the affected engines between 2002 and 2005, as well as from 2010 through 2011, to meet a federal consent decree.
The $510,000 fine will go into the California Air Pollution Control Fund for air research.
By: Charlie Morasch
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