Cummins Engine Company Settlement
$1,092,500 in Fines Paid by Cummins Engine Company
The California Air Resources Board (ARB) announced today that Cummins Engine Company, manufacturer of heavy duty diesel engines, has paid $1,092,500 for allegedly violating its 1998 settlement agreement with ARB to perform clean air projects and certify its engines to reduce smog-forming emissions such as NOx (oxides of nitrogen). All monies are being paid to the California Air Pollution Control Fund (APCF).
Among the violations of the 1998 settlement agreement ARB alleged, Cummins obtained state certification for heavy duty engines equipped with emission control systems that did not meet emissions requirements, omitted engines from eligibility for the Low NOx Rebuild (Chip Reflash) program, and failed to complete work on and to submit reports for agreed upon emission reduction projects in a timely manner. ARB investigated these violations jointly with U.S. EPA, which entered parallel agreements to settle these violations.
In addition to paying over $1 million in penalties, as part of the latest settlement agreements Cummins is required to recall engines nationwide that did not meet state emissions requirements. In addition, Cummins will retire emissions credits from further use. Cummins is reimbursing 979 NOx tons to the U.S. and to California through ARB to compensate for the excess tons generated by the prohibited emission control devices, and 1042 tons of NOx for its non-compliance with the earlier settlement agreement.