CARB hammers Husqvarna with $1 million fine

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line contributing writer | 12/13/2013

The California Air Resources Board recently fined a major manufacturer of hand-held power tools more than $1 million dollars for violating state air quality laws.

According to a CARB news release, the air quality agency discovered Husqvarna Professional Products didn’t obtain certification from CARB to sell nine different products in the state between 2011 and 2013. The products in question include line trimmers, leaf blowers and chain saws.

CARB says Husqvarna cooperated after learning of the violations and has since added new procedures to obtain emission certification and oversight of its company processes. These actions help ensure that all future engines are fully compliant with certification requirements prior to being offered for sale in California,” CARB said in the release.

The company agreed to pay a $1,038,000 fine to the California Air Pollution Control Fund.

“Husqvarna promptly conducted an internal investigation and fully cooperated in the resolution of this matter,” CARB Enforcement Chief James Ryden said, according to the release. “Violations of the basic elements of California’s anti-pollution requirements, especially certification of engines prior to sale in our state, have serious consequences.”

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