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newsrel -- Cummins Pays $500,000 in Penalties

Posted: 07 Jul 2011 10:42:45
Engine manufacturer violated 1998 settlement agreement 

California Air Resources Board
Release #:11-27

ARB PIO: (916) 322-2990
Karen Caesar

Cummins Pays $500,000 in Penalties 

Engine manufacturer violated 1998 settlement agreement 

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board today announced
that Cummins Inc., a manufacturer of heavy-duty diesel engines,
paid $500,000 for failing to properly retest its engines already
in use.

The California Air Pollution Control Fund, established to
mitigate various sources of pollution through education and the
advancement and use of cleaner technology, received $125,000,
while the U.S. EPA collected an additional $375,000.

“Every ounce of pollution counts,” said ARB Enforcement Chief
James Ryden.  “Our laws exist for good reasons.  All companies
have to follow the rules and perform the required tests for the
sake of our collective health.”

Cummins’ violations include:
•Not testing at least four engines in selected engine families;
•Completing tests after the deadline set in a 1998 settlement
agreement for a previous air quality infraction;
•Reporting test results more than 30 days after test completion;
•Testing 10 vehicles at less than the maximum weight, as
designated in the terms of a 1998 agreement.   

ARB determined that while Cummins satisfied the intent of the
engine testing provisions, the company failed to ensure that all
settlement provisions were met.

ARB, working with U.S. EPA, discovered this most recent offense
during an investigation regarding Cummins’ delivery of
approximately 570,000 diesel engines without exhaust
aftertreatment devices between 1998 and 2006, a violation of the
Clean Air Act. 

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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