WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Justice Department and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced in the statement that MTU violated the 1990 Clean Air Act by selling 895 non-road heavy-duty diesel engines — which are used in mining, marine and power generation vehicles and equipment — without valid certificates of conformity.
“Under the settlement, MTU will pay a $1.2 million penalty and perform annual audits of its engine emission testing and certification activities for three years,” the statement, issued on Tuesday, said.
An EPA-approved, third-party auditor will monitor and evaluate MTU future compliance with the Clean Air Act requirements, according to the Justice Department.
“Engines that aren’t properly certified can emit toxic pollution that aggravates asthma and other respiratory illnesses,” EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Assistant Administrator Cynthia Giles said.
The 1990 Clean Air Act stipulates that all imported or sold vehicles in the United States must have EPA-issued certificates of conformity to demonstrate that they meet US federal emission standards.