Hyundai Had an Unfair Advantage. Receives $47 Million Fine

A consent decree filed on September 19, 2019 by the EPA and DOJ allege that Hyundai illegally imported heavy construction equipment with diesel engines that violated Title II of the Clean Air Act.

According to the EPA’s website:

From 2012 to 2015, Hyundai pre-purchased, or “stockpiled” engines that met outdated emissions standards and then illegally imported, marketed and sold heavy construction equipment with these engines installed, in violation of the Clean Air Act.

Additionally, Hyundai imported, marketed and sold units of equipment in quantities that exceeded their exemption allowance limit under the Transition Program for Equipment Manufacturers (TPEM) program regulations.

Defendants allegedly introduced into United States commerce at least 2,269 illegal diesel nonroad vehicles. Under the terms of the settlement, Hyundai has agreed to pay a $47 million civil penalty to resolve their Clean Air Act violations. (citation)

“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 P. Bodine, EPA assistant administrator for the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.

 

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