CARB fines Thermo King for violating pollution laws

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line staff writer | Tuesday, June 25, 2013

A major manufacturer of in-cab comfort systems has agreed to pay the California Air Resources Board more than $200,000 for selling APU DPFs that weren’t fully verified through the state’s rigorous approval process.

In June 2008, Minneapolis-based Thermo King received conditional verification approval to sell a DPF for APUs. The conditional verification expired in three years, though CARB learned the company had continued to sell the filters after June 2011.

A CARB news release said Thermo King agreed to settle the case by paying $213,200 to the California Air Pollution Control Fund.

CARB recognized Thermo King’s filters as being fully verified in August 2012.

“Conditional verifications provide manufacturers with flexibility in complying with California’s emissions reduction requirements but they expire after a specific time period,” CARB Enforcement Chief Jim Ryden, according to the news release. “Full verification is granted only after manufacturers complete required durability testing and meet all terms of the conditional verification.”

In addition to the fine, Thermo King also agreed to sell filters in the future “only with CARB’s written approval,” the news release states.

CARB also said customers who installed Thermo King particulate filters won’t be penalized.

“Instead, the warranty for their filters was extended to 3,000 hours,” the release said.

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