Briggs and Stratton, LLC Settlement
Briggs and Stratton, LLC Settles For $117,314
In October 2023, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) reached a settlement with Briggs and Stratton, LLC (Briggs and Stratton), a small off-road engine (SORE) manufacturer with its principal location in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for violations related to CARB’s Evaporative Emission Requirements for Off-Road Equipment (SORE Evaporative Emissions Regulation) as codified in the California Code of Regulations, title 13, sections 2750–2774.
CARB staff performed compliance testing of five units of Briggs & Stratton model year 2018 SORE equipment. The purpose of the testing was to determine whether the Briggs & Stratton CPV2 evaporative family, certified by CARB, meets the diurnal emissions standards under California Code of Regulations, title 13, section 2754. The testing was completed in 2021, and resulted in a compliance test failure. CARB alleges Briggs & Stratton sold SORE equipment into California that does not meet the emissions limits stated in the California issued Executive Order for this type of equipment. This settlement also resolves a voluntary disclosure by Briggs and Stratton that it had mislabeled certain model year 2020–2022 SOREs.
To settle the case, Briggs and Stratton agreed to the penalty of $45.76 per unit of noncompliant SORE equipment, and the penalty of $5.00 per unit per mislabeled SORE, for a total penalty of $117,314. Briggs and Stratton elected to provide $58,657 to two Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs) entitled Fresno TREES Phase 4 – Malaga Recreation Park and Community Based Monitoring and Assessment Program for Fresno Phase 2. The funds will be used to plant trees near the Malaga Recreation Park in Fresno, California and implement an air quality monitoring and modeling, and related outreach and education program to inform community members about specific air quality issues in the Fresno region.
The civil penalty amount of $58,657 will be deposited into CARB’s Air Pollution Control Fund, which provides funding for projects and research to improve California's air quality. Briggs and Stratton fully cooperated with CARB to resolve this matter and agrees to comply with all regulatory requirements.