CAT pays $2.55 million for Clean Air Act violations

| Friday, July 29, 2011

A major engine maker will pay the federal government more than $2.5 million after it failed to comply with multiple rules under the Clean Air Act.

Caterpillar Inc. will pay $2.55 million in penalties after it shipped more than 590,000 highway and non-road diesel engines without emissions control devices. Caterpillar also allegedly failed to comply with emissions control reporting and engine-labeling requirements, according to a news release from the Environmental Protection Agency. 

The settlement was filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

The engines were shipped to truck and equipment assemblers without emissions devices, and with improperly configured fuel injector and fuel map settings, which in some cases resulted in “excess emissions of NOx and particulate matter.”

Caterpillar has continued to recall the non-compliant engines to install the correct devices and correct the injector and fuel map settings, and has agreed to the permanent retirement of banked emission credits.

Because Caterpillar also had violations enforced by the California Air Resources Board, California will receive $510,000 of the $2.55 million Caterpillar recently paid.

“The enforcement of vehicle emissions standards and labeling and reporting requirements is critical to protecting the air we breathe and ensuring that companies play by the rules,” said Cynthia Giles, EPA assistant administrator for the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “Today’s settlement will protect public health and create a level playing field for companies that meet their environmental obligations.”

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