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EPA Fines Cummins $2.1m For Unclean Diesels


The Wall Street Journal reports that Indiana diesel engine supplier Cummins will pay $2.1m in civil penalties for violations of the Clean Air Act. The EPA and the Justice Department complaint alleges that Cummins shipped 570k heavy-duty diesel engines to OEM customers between 1998 and 2006 without the emissions-control systems that make them Clean Air Act-compliant. It’s not even clear clear that the crud-controlling gear is missing. The paperwork is. Cummins spokesfolks admit that 405 (or about .7 percent) of those engines never received documentation that shows they were fitted with the appropriate emissions-control systems. This is particularly embarrassing for Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who recently gave Cummins $54m in Recovery Act grants intended to improve truck efficiency and emissions, and called the firm “the leader in clean-diesel manufacturing.”

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here's is the link to the EPA's website explaining the situation.http://www.epa.gov/compliance/resour...tml#violations Also I think the above post has some math issues. 405/570,000 does not equal .7%. 405/570,000 = .07%

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what parts were missing ? i didnt think any of those
trucks actually had emissions equipment.. ?

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what parts were missing ? i didnt think any of those
trucks actually had emissions equipment.. ?

Sounds like it was more of a documentation issue more than anything.

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The settlement resolves an enforcement action for Clean Air Act (CAA) violations involving Cummins’ shipment of over 570,000 engines to Chrysler and other vehicle original-equipment manufacturers without the exhaust after-treatment devices (ATDs) required by the applicable certificate of conformity for these engines. ATDs are devices that control engine exhaust emissions once the emissions have exited the engine and entered the exhaust system. Typical ATDs include catalytic converters and diesel particulate filters.

Section 203 of the CAA, 42 U.S.C. § 7522, prohibits motor vehicle manufacturers from introducing into commerce engines that are not covered by an EPA-approved certificate of conformity. These certificates are issued to ensure that specific configurations of engines, with specific emission controls, meet federal emission standards.
Are we still talking about the 1998-2006 motors? What after-treatment do they use?

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I'm pretty sure that cali emissions trucks in all those years had a cat though I could be mistaken. I know for sure all trucks 04.5+ got them.

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the day has been saved by the lawyers and bureaucrats once again! We can all breath cleaner air because cummins will have filled out the proper paperwork and the gov took 2.1 mil of the 54mil back.

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Good ole EPA, I guess this was a way to round up a few dollars for them. But no hard evidence is the kicker. At least the money can keep a couple of there worms employed in this bad economy.
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If I had Mr. Obama's job the first thing I would do is get rid of the EPA. It's cost to business (and taxpayers) far outweighs it's environmental usefulness.

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Before Cummins took bailout money they spent 25 million dollars to bail out a bank.

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how can there be missing paperwork for emmisions equipment that didnt exist, other then a cat

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