Caterpillar to sell engines past EPA deadline

| 9/27/2002

Caterpillar Inc. said Sept. 26 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gave it conditional approval to sell its on-highway truck engines after the emissions deadline of Oct. 1, 2002.

The certification allows Caterpillar to sell engines through December 2002 in Canada and all states but California, the company said. The EPA action is conditional upon final testing of production engines.

According to press reports, Caterpillar would receive approval to sell its on-road engines pending an EPA compliance audit to determine what level the company's engines exceed the 2.5-gram nitrogen oxide standard.

The audit could result in a non-compliance penalty, which Caterpillar has said it will absorb. The EPA has authorized fines of $3,647 to $12,210 for each engine that violates nitrogen oxide emissions standards.

Meanwhile, California would complete the certification of its engines by the California Air Resources Board, the company said. Caterpillar said it expects to receive complete EPA certification in the near future.