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Imports of Violative Engines and Vehicles Yield More than $500,000 in Penalties

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced more than $500,000 in fines for over 10,000 engines and vehicles imported without certification or proper emissions controls.

The Clean Air Act prohibits the importation or sale of any new engines or vehicles unless they are certified by the EPA to meet federal emission standards. To obtain a certificate of conformity, manufacturers or importers must submit an application that describes the engine or vehicle, including its emission control system. The application must also provide emissions data demonstrating that the engines and vehicles will meet applicable federal emission standards. The violations subject to the recent penalties include importations of catalysts that did not conform to the description as certified by the EPA.

According to an agency press release, these penalties are the result of joint inspections that the EPA and U.S. Customs and Border Protection have been conducting at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach since 2014. The focus of these inspections has been identifying foreign-made engines and vehicles that lack proper emission controls, including ATVs, motorcycles, and construction equipment.

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