CARB fines parts manufacturer for selling uncertified emissions equipment

| 11/18/2009

The California Air Resources Board recently hammered one parts manufacturer with $650,000 in fines after the air quality agency found it had been selling emissions control systems that weren’t CARB certified.

Donaldson Company Inc. of Bloomington, MN, was fined $650,000 and also required to take corrective actions of $1.5 million after CARB found the company was selling uncertified emissions control devices and mislabeling some systems.

The company also was not putting unique serial numbers on some devices.

Donaldson will label each system shipped to California after October 2007 with a unique serial number; inspect and replace improperly labeled devices; and remove unverified particulate matter filter systems from trucks and replace them with verified systems.

“Donaldson was very cooperative and helpful during our investigation,” said CARB Executive Officer James Goldstene. “Their willingness to move forward is a sign that businesses operating in California know they have a responsibility to keep our air clean.”

– by Charlie Morasch, staff writer