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August 2006

 

EPA stops illegal imported engines

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Customs (Customs) and Border Protection have seized and prevented the import of over 11,000 pieces of illegal gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles and equipment in the past nine months.

The EPA has assessed over $798,000 in civil penalties against the importers in addition to Customs penalties and storage fees. The equipment, which includes tractors, lawn and garden equipment, off-road motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and electric generators, pose a risk to the public health and the environment.

The federal Clean Air Act (CAA) requires new gasoline and diesel engines sold or distributed in the United States to meet EPA emissions requirements. There has been a recent and dramatic increase in imports of gasoline and diesel equipment, chiefly from China, which do not meet these standards.

Purchasers should look for emissions labels before buying engines or equipment. If the label is missing, the equipment most likely is an illegal import and should be avoided. Sellers of such equipment should be reported to EPA.

For information on imports, visit epa.gov/otaq/imports/index.htm


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