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newsrel -- Car Sound Exhaust, Inc. to pay $560,000 in air quality penalties

Posted: 11 Aug 2011 11:51:37
Company sold non-California certified catalytic converters 

California Air Resources Board 
Release #:11-34

ARB PIO: (916) 322-2990
Karen Caesar

Car Sound Exhaust, Inc. to pay $560,000 in air quality penalties

Company sold non-California certified catalytic converters 

The California Air Resources Board today announced that Car Sound
Exhaust Inc., a catalytic converter manufacturer, will pay a
total of $560,000 for air quality violations.

All payments will be made to the California Air Pollution Control
Fund, established to decrease air pollution through education and
the advancement and use of cleaner technologies.

“There are instances where companies are not aware of ARB’s
requirements,” said ARB Enforcement Chief James Ryden. “And while
this doesn’t excuse them from complying, any company found in
violation that cooperates to bring its products quickly into
compliance scores a victory for public health.”

An industry-wide investigation by ARB revealed that Car Sound
Exhaust sold, offered for sale, and/or advertised in California
3,982 non-California certified catalytic converters between
January 2005 and March 2010.

Car Sound Exhaust must make monthly payments of $23,333 until
March 2013. The company also agreed to set in place a
comprehensive compliance plan so that no future violations

Vehicles that do not meet California's tough emission
requirements pose a real danger to residents. They create higher
amounts of smog-forming pollutants, which can then exacerbate
respiratory ailments and negatively affect other health
conditions such as shortness of breath, headaches, birth defects,
cancer or damage to internal organs.

ARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare,
and ecological resources through effective reduction of air
pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the
economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in
California to attain and maintain health based air quality


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