$28,500 in Fines Paid by Hawthorne Machinery Co.
HAWTHORE MACHINERY CO. SETTLES FOR $28,500
Hawthorne Machinery Co. paid $28,500 in penalties ($21,375 to the California Air Pollution Control Fund and $7,125 to the California Pollution Control Financing Authority to guarantee loans to off-road vehicle fleets that need to buy exhaust retrofits to comply with the in-use off-road diesel vehicle regulation), for violating air quality regulations. This settlement was reached in January 2009.
An investigation by the Air Resources Board (ARB) showed that Hawthorne Machinery Co. failed to comply with the California Vehicle Code (VC) Section 27156 by removing Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) aftertreatment device. Hawthorne Machinery Co. also failed to comply with the terms and conditions specified in the applicable Executive Order (EO) by installing Verified Diesel Emission Control Strategies in non-verified configurations. To settle the case, Hawthorne Machinery Co. agreed to the $28,500 penalty and to comply with the VC Section 27156 and the applicable EO.