Meyer Distributing, Inc. Settlement
Meyer Distributing, Inc. Settles For $564,250
In October 2023, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) reached a settlement with Meyer Distributing, Inc. (Meyer), with its headquarters in Jasper, Indiana, for the company’s violation of CARB’s Add-On Parts and Modified Parts Regulation (Aftermarket Parts Regulations) as codified in the California Code of Regulations, title 13, sections 2220-2225 and California Vehicle Code section 27156.
An investigation conducted by CARB staff showed that Meyer sold and distributed performance aftermarket parts in California that did not have legal exemptions to California’s anti-tampering laws. Such parts replace or modify vehicle critical original equipment manufacturer (OEM) emissions control system components and OEM specified engine-operating conditions, and thus must be evaluated by CARB to demonstrate the vehicle’s continued emissions compliance to qualify for legal exemption.
To settle the case, Meyer agreed to the penalty of $250 per violation for a total of $564,250. Meyer elected to provide half of the penalty, $282,125, to two Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs) entitled Fresno TREES Phase 5 – Outreach Education and Diesel Idling Deterrence & Education in LA Unified School District - Phase II. Fresno TREES will use the funds to implement the Kids Making Sense (KMS) youth program, an educational program deployed at schools within the Fresno region and via the Green Ambassador Youth Program offered by the Fresno Black Metro Chamber of Commerce. Tree Fresno also proposes to conduct community outreach to engage Fresno community members, the transportation-air quality research community, and other stakeholders, to communicate about air quality issues and the impact of using vegetative barriers to reduce air pollutant exposure. The Diesel Idling Deterrence & Education SEP will use the funds to install “No Idling” signs at locations adjacent to schools and homes in disadvantaged communities overburdened with toxic emissions. The SEP will also create original bilingual educational materials that let communities know they are in a diesel idling “hotspot” and at risk of getting asthma, increasing the frequency and severity of asthma attacks or other health impacts.
The civil penalty amount of $282,125 will be deposited into CARB’s Air Pollution Control Fund, which provides funding for projects and research to improve California's air quality. Meyer fully cooperated with CARB to resolve this matter, and has agreed to comply with all regulatory requirements.