Today, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced that Adrenaline Performance LLC of Shelley, Idaho, has agreed to pay a Clean Air Act fine of $ 48,600 for the illegal sale and installation of control devices. vehicle emissions to businesses and individuals in Southeast Idaho.
The EPA alleges that from approximately January 1, 2018 to approximately June 17, 2020, the company sold, marketed or installed at least 671 parts or components that bypass, neutralize, or inoperate the technology and manufacturer’s design necessary to reduce vehicle emissions. to meet federal Clean Air Act standards and tampered with the emission control systems of at least 248 on-road vehicles. The agency estimates that the defeat devices have led to 38,000 pounds of excess emissions from tampered vehicles for each year of sale.
The EPA estimates that – in terms of nitrogen oxides (NOx) – the impact on emissions of removing emissions controls from a single pickup truck is equivalent to putting about 300 new pickup trucks on the road.
“This company has sold and installed hundreds of aftermarket neutralization devices, and as a result, hundreds of trucks are now operating without the filters, catalysts and other emission controls that help keep our air clean,” said Ed Kowalski, EPA Region 10 Enforcement and Enforcement Director. Compliance Assurance Division. “We hope that this action and other similar enforcement measures will deter other companies from selling and installing products that violate required emission controls.”
Weathered diesel pickup trucks emit large amounts of NOx and particulate matter, both of which contribute to serious public health problems in the United States. These problems include premature mortality, worsening respiratory and cardiovascular disease, worsening existing asthma, acute respiratory symptoms, chronic bronchitis, and decreased lung function. Many studies also link diesel engine exhaust to an increased incidence of lung cancer.
To meet emission standards intended to protect public health, manufacturers use certain hardware devices – such as exhaust gas recirculation, diesel particulate filters, and selective catalytic reduction – as emission control systems to manage and treating the exhaust gases to reduce the levels of particulate matter, non-methane hydrocarbons, NOx and carbon monoxide released into the air. These hardware systems are operated and monitored by software systems.
In the agreement, the company has agreed to stop selling and installing all products that violate the CAA. The penalty that Adrenaline Performance has agreed to pay reflects the company’s demonstrated limited ability to pay a higher penalty.
The parts have been designed and marketed for use on makes and models of diesel light truck engines manufactured by Cummins Inc., General Motors Company and Ford Motor Company.