The EPA sued Navistar International Corp. over the 2010 sale of heavy-duty trucks, which it says violated the Clean Air Act, reports the International Business Times.
Navistar could face up to $300 million in civil penalties for building its 2010 trucks with engines from 2009 that didn’t comply with stricter EPA regulations on exhaust pollution, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Navistar sold approximately 7,750 diesel engines in violation of EPA emissions standards that took effect Jan. 1, 2010.
Navistar objected to the allegations raised by the EPA in a lawsuit .
“We believe our 2010 engine transition was appropriate,” a Navistar spokesman said.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Navistar said assembly of the engines cited by the EPA started in 2009, but they weren’t completed until early 2010. The company has said previously these engines should be permitted as “transitory” engines eligible for trucks built in 2010. But the EPA said the company failed to secure the proper exemptions to use the engines.