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.
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.
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
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
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