EPA fines diesel repair shops for ‘defeat device’ violation


The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has imposed tens of thousands of dollars in civil penalties on two diesel engine repair shops in the Midwest for selling or installing devices designed to disable emissions controls.

According to the EPA, the Midwest Truck Products LLC diesel repair shop in Cantril, Iowa, was fined $ 75,000. South Central Diesel Inc. of Holdrege, Nebraska, was fined $ 50,954.

The EPA alleges the two companies tampered with vehicle engines and / or sold devices to remove emissions controls for hundreds of customers.

“Aftermarket deactivation devices are a significant contributor to harmful air pollution,” said Diane Huffman, acting director of the Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Division at EPA Region 7. “These illegal practices also hamper efforts. federal, state and local authorities to implement air quality standards that protect public health. ”

In addition to financial penalties, both companies have certified that they have stopped disabling vehicle emissions controls.

“Tampering with vehicle engines, including the installation of aftermarket neutralization devices to bypass manufacturers’ emissions controls, results in significantly higher releases of nitrogen oxides and particulates, all of which contribute two to serious public health problems in the US These problems include premature mortality, worsening of respiratory and cardiovascular disease, worsening of existing asthma, acute respiratory symptoms, chronic bronchitis, and decreased blood pressure. lung function. Numerous studies have also linked diesel exhaust gas to increased incidence of lung cancer, “the EPA said in a statement. August 31 press release.


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