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newsrel -- O’Reilly Automotive and Technical Chemical Company fined $63,000 in combined case

Posted: 28 Dec 2012 14:29:40
O’Reilly Automotive and Technical Chemical Company fined $63,000
in combined case  . 

ARB PIO (916) 322-2990
CONTACT:  Antonio Leaks

SACRAMENTO – The Air Resources Board announced that O’Reilly
Automotive, a specialty retailer of automotive aftermarket parts,
equipment and accessories, and Technical Chemical Company, a
manufacturer of automotive chemicals and products, paid a
combined total of $63,000 to settle clean air violations.

Between December 2008 and May 2009, O’Reilly automotive sold
O’Reilly Carb & Choke Cleaner, a consumer product that contained
chemicals that contribute to the formation of smog that exceeded
the limit for Carburetor Cleaners for cars in California. The
product was manufactured for O’Reilly by Technical Chemical.
Technical Chemical manufactured the product containing more
smog-forming chemicals than permitted in California for sale
outside the state, however, a labeling mistake led to the sale of
the non-compliant product in California. Since O’Reilly and
Technical Chemical were both responsible for the violation, the
penalty was split between the two parties. 
“The Air Resources Board is diligent in taking the necessary
actions to limit these smog-forming chemicals in automotive
products that consumers use,” said ARB Enforcement Chief James

Under the settlement, a payment of $31,500 each from O’Reilly and
Technical Chemical (half of $63,000 penalty) was paid directly to
the California Air Pollution Control Fund as civil penalties.  In
addition, both companies agreed that they would not sell, supply,
offer for sale, or manufacture for sale in California any
consumer product in violation of California’s standards for
carburetor cleaners.

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