Washington truck importer fined for emissions manipulation
A truck importer from Airway Heights has agreed to pay a third fine following a state investigation into which it was attempting to defraud emissions testing standards.
DDM Imports agreed to pay $ 66,622 after an inspection of two Ford F-350s at the Canadian border in November revealed evidence of emissions controls tampering, the Environmental Protection Agency said on Wednesday.
Emission controls limit the amount of nitrogen oxides and particulate matter that are released into the air from exhaust gases and can cause health problems, the spokesman reported.
The trucks were discovered during an inspection at the intersection in Eastport, Idaho, the EPA said. DDM Imports has already been fined twice for similar violations. The company has agreed to pay $ 134,022 in fines to date.
A representative from DDM said the company was preparing an opinion on the fines. This declaration was not yet available at the editorial deadline on Wednesday. In the EPO order, the company said it “neither admitted nor denied the specific factual allegations and legal conclusions contained in the document”.
The federal supervisory authorities stepped up the enforcement of so-called “defeat devices” and manipulation of emissions controls after it was discovered in 2015 that the German car manufacturer Volkswagen had installed software in its diesel vehicles that enabled them to pass emissions tests.