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newsrel -- Caterpillar, Inc. pays $510,000 for shipping, selling uncertified equipment in California

Posted: 05 Jul 2012 11:30:04
Caterpillar, Inc. pays $510,000 for shipping, selling uncertified
equipment in California 

Release #:12-29

ARB PIO: (916) 322-2990

Karen Caesar

Cassandra Hockenson

Caterpillar, Inc. pays $510,000 for shipping, selling uncertified
equipment in California

SACRAMENTO - Caterpillar, Inc., will pay a fine of $510,000 to
the Air Resources Board for shipping more than 590,000 on-road
and off-road engines that did not have legally required emissions
controls installed.

The investigation of these violations was conducted with the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of
Justice based on similar conduct outside of California.  The
settlement calls for the Illinois-based company to pay a total of
$2.55 million in penalties nationwide for violations of the Clean
Air Act. 

California’s $510,000 portion is based on its share of the
engines sold.  Caterpillar, which manufactures construction
equipment and diesel and natural gas engines, also agreed to
recall and correct noncompliant engines and to reduce excess
smog-forming and diesel emissions. 

Caterpillar recalled the affected engines from August 2002 to
April 2005.  In 2010, in accordance with the federal Consent
Decree, the company reopened and continued the recalls until
December 31, 2011.

The federal government’s claims were resolved in 2011.  The
state’s recent agreement concludes California’s portion of the

“This was a complex case that demonstrates successful cooperation
between different agencies with overlapping jurisdictions,” said
ARB Executive Officer James Goldstene.  “The result is cleaner
air and the assurance that a major player in this competitive
manufacturing field is now playing by the appropriate rules.”

In addition to shipping engines without proper emission controls,
Caterpillar also failed to comply with reporting and
engine-labeling requirements. 

Under the settlement, Caterpillar will pay the $510,000 fine to
the California Air Pollution Control Fund to support air quality

Engines lacking proper emission controls can produce excess
smog-forming pollutants that can exacerbate cardiac and
respiratory ailments such as asthma.

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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