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newsrel -- Yamaha fined $ 2.2 million for violating air quality rules

Posted: 11 Mar 2013 12:11:43
Please consider the following release from the California Air
Resources Board:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/newsrelease.php?id=415

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2013

RELEASE 13-12

CONTACT:
Karen Caesar
(626) 575-6965
kcaesar@arb.ca.gov

Yamaha fined $ 2.2 million for violating air quality rules

Company sold off-road vehicles that were not certified to meet
state standards

SACRAMENTO- The California Air Resources Board (ARB) today
announced that Yamaha Motor Corp USA and Yamaha Motor Company
Ltd. of Japan 

have agreed to a court approved settlement of $2,205,000 to
resolve allegations of the illegal importation and sale of
uncertified 

off-highway vehicles.
 
“Verification of a new vehicle’s ability to meet anti-smog
requirements is a cornerstone of our clean air efforts," said ARB


Enforcement Chief James Ryden. "Businesses that sell vehicles
before demonstrating that they effectively reduce emissions pose
a 

danger to public health.  They are also engaging in practices
that are unfair to their competitors.”

The court-approved agreement settles a protracted legal dispute
between the ARB and Yamaha regarding the sales of certain 2007
model 

off-highway vehicles known as “Rhinos.” As stipulated in the
settlement, both ARB and Yamaha will stop further legal actions
related 

to the sales of these vehicles, and Yamaha has agreed that future
vehicle sales will fully comply with California law.

Under the terms of the agreement, $255,000 of the settlement
penalty is suspended for a period of three years provided Yamaha
does not 

import, deliver, or sell any on- or off-road vehicles prior to
their receiving certification of compliance with new vehicle
standards 

by the Air Resources Board.

Funds collected under the settlement will be paid to the
California Air Pollution Control Fund, created to support clean
air research.

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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.


LINK TO NEWS RELEASE:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/newsrelease.php?id=415

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