Caterpillar to Pay $510K Fine to CARB

July 6, 2012

Caterpillar will pay a fine of $510,000 to the Air Resources Board for shipping more than 590,000 on-road and off-road engines that did not have legally required emissions controls installed, CARB has announced.

CARB says the settlement calls for Caterpillar to pay a total of $2.55 million in penalties nationwide for violations of the Clean Air Act, and California’s $510,000 portion is based on its share of the engines sold.

Caterpillar also agreed to recall and correct noncompliant engines and to reduce excess smog-forming and diesel emissions, CARB said. Caterpillar recalled the affected engines from August 2002 to April 2005. In 2010, in accordance with the federal Consent Decree, the company reopened and continued the recalls until December 31, 2011.

The federal government’s claims were resolved in 2011. The state’s recent agreement concludes California’s portion of the investigation.

In addition to shipping engines without proper emission controls, CARB said, Caterpillar also failed to comply with reporting and engine-labeling requirements. 

Source: CARB