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newsrel -- ARB Settles with Husqvarna

Posted: 12 Mar 2007 14:59:13
Please consider the following Air Resources Board press release
announcing the recent settlement with Husqvarna.  You can also
review the release online at: 
http://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/nr031207.htm .
Thank You
Dimitri Stanich


Release 07-12 	  	  	 
March 12, 2007 	  	

Jerry Martin
Patricia Rey
(916) 322-2990

Husqvarna Outdoor Products Settles with ARB for $281,600

SACRAMENTO - The Air Resources Board (ARB) has settled with
Husqvarna Outdoor Products (HOP) for a total of $281,600 for
selling engines in California that violate state air quality

"Compliance with California regulations is a crucial component
in our endeavor to improve air quality and to protect public
health," said ARB Executive Officer Catherine Witherspoon. "We
need to assure Californians that those manufacturers who
distribute engines, big or small, not meeting our standards will
be held fully accountable for their actions."

HOP, headquartered in Georgia, produces engines used to power
weed trimmers sold under the Sears Craftsman line. A citizen's
tip fueled an ARB investigation which revealed that the engine
in the trimmers had an additional separate label reading "Not
for sale in California." This is a violation of the California
Code of Regulations and the Health and Safety Code. HOP and
Sears fully cooperated with ARB and submitted documentation
showing that 2,816 of the mislabeled trimmers were sold in this

Because Sears did not receive advance notification to segregate
the unsound units, HOP voluntarily settled the case and assumed
the entire penalty. The $281,600 will be made payable to the Air
Pollution Control Fund which is used to mitigate various sources
of pollution through education, and the advancement and use of
cleaner technology.

The Air Resources Board is a department of the California
Environmental Protection Agency. 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 standards.


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