Image source does not exist News Release: 2011-07-07 Cummins Pays $500,000 in Penalties

Release #:11-27

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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:

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 standards.