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newsrel -- ARB fines manufacturer $507,000 for air quality violations for offering uncertified generators for sale

Posted: 27 Jun 2014 12:58:07
Please consider the following news release from the California
Air Resources Board: http://bit.ly/1pXCFw0

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

News Release 14-57

June 27, 2014
  
CONTACT:

Karen Caesar
(626) 575-6728
kcaesar@arb.ca.gov


ARB fines manufacturer $507,000 for air quality violations for
offering uncertified generators for sale

Thousands of units sold in Costco stores

SACRAMENTO — The Air Resources Board has fined Virginia-based
company Smarter Tools Inc. $507,000 for selling illegal
generators in California.

In May, 2013, an ARB investigation showed that Smarter Tools, a
US-operated business that owns multiple manufacturing facilities
in China, had thousands of generators for sale at Costco
warehouses which contained small off-road engines that were not
certified by ARB.

“Certification protects human health by requiring companies to
produce engines that don’t emit excessive air pollutants,” said
ARB Enforcement Chief Jim Ryden. “Fortunately, this company acted
quickly to remove the units in question and was proactive and
cooperative throughout the enforcement process.”  
 
As part of the settlement, signed in January 2014, Smarter Tools
agreed to ensure that all engines used in future products will be
properly certified and labeled before being sold in California.

All monies collected are paid to the California Air Pollution
Control Fund which provides funding for projects and research to
improve California’s air quality.





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