Hyundai fined US$47m for selling high polluting diesel engines to US
HYUNDAI Construction Equipment Americas and Hyundai Industries Co Ltd have agreed in court to pay a US$47 million civil penalty for importing diesel engines that were not certified to meet Clean Air Act emissions standards
HYUNDAI Construction Equipment Americas and Hyundai Industries Co Ltd have agreed in court to pay a US$47 million civil penalty for importing diesel engines that were not certified to meet Clean Air Act emissions standards.
According to the US Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Hyundai 'stockpiled' diesel engines between 2012 and 2015 that no longer met US emissions standards. These engines were installed in 2,269 pieces of construction equipment, which were then imported into the US, reported American Shipper.
Furthermore, Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas imported and sold this equipment in quantities that surpassed its exemption allowance under the Transition Programme for Equipment Manufacturers (TPEM) regulations. TPEM is a temporary exemption authorised by the EPA that permits diesel equipment manufacturers to postpone installing Tier 4-compliant engines in their products for up to seven years.
EPA said the company's illegal off-road diesel vehicle imports were not certified to meet pollutant emissions standards, particularly for nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter.
'By ignoring regulatory requirements, Hyundai not only gained a market advantage over their competitors, but they also introduced higher polluting vehicles into the United States, undermining the protection of human health and the environment,' said Susan Bodine, EPA's assistant administrator for the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, in a statement.
EPA started its investigation into Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas' diesel engine imports in 2015. The court recently imposed a $1.95 million criminal fine against the company for the Clean Air Act violations.