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newsrel -- ARB settles with German chemicals company for $52,000

Posted: 22 Dec 2011 16:12:48
ARB settles with German chemicals company for $52,000. 

Release #:11-57

ARB PIO: (916) 322-2990

Karen Caesar

ARB settles with German chemicals company for $52,000

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board has settled with
Sud-Chemie Corporation of Munich, Germany, for $51,792.00 for
selling illegal diesel filters. The filters were used on fixed
emergency standby engines such as those used to generate
emergency power in hospitals.

An ARB investigation showed that between 2008 and 2009,
Sud-Chemie sold EnviCat diesel particulate filters that did not
conform to original specifications approved by ARB. 

“Companies that sell diesel filters in California must follow
careful guidelines in order to protect the air we breathe,” said
ARB Enforcement Chief James Ryden. “We are confident that this
company now understands what they need to do to be sure their
diesel filters work properly.”

Under the settlement, $38,844.00 will go to the California Air
Pollution Control Fund to support air quality research, and
$12,948.00 will go to the Peralta Community College District to
help fund diesel education classes around the state.

Sud-Chemie has also agreed to meet the state’s requirements for
diesel retrofits, to inspect and replace as necessary EnviCat
diesel particulate filter units, and to notify local air
districts of any concerns associated with the company’s failure
to comply with the law.  Sud-Chemie will also contact users of
the product to make sure they are operating properly.

Diesel exhaust contains a variety of harmful gases and over 40
other known cancer-causing compounds. In 1998, California
identified diesel particulate matter as a toxic air contaminant
based on its potential to cause cancer, premature death and other
health problems.

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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