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$680,000 Penalty on Chinese Manufacturers for Importing Uncertified Recreational Vehicles

Friday, January 13, 2012
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Jan. 11 a settlement with three Chinese manufacturers to resolve violations of the Clean Air Act related to the importation of 7,115 uncertified recreational vehicles. According to an agency press release, two of these companies allegedly held certificates of conformity that were voided by the EPA following an investigation of a California-based certification services consulting firm that allegedly used false or incomplete information to certify vehicles under the CAA for four of its clients. These certificates allowed the importation and sale of more than 24,000 recreational vehicles that did not meet CAA standards, more than 7,000 of which were manufactured by the third company at issue.

The CAA prohibits any vehicle or engine from being imported and sold in the U.S. unless it is covered by a valid EPA-issued certificate of conformity indicating that the vehicle or engine meets applicable federal emission standards. This enforcement action is part of an ongoing effort to ensure that all imported vehicles and equipment comply with CAA requirements.

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