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December 9, 2015

Joint Operations Result in $94,700 in fines and more than 1,394 items seized, destroyed and shipped out of country

imagesCABH72EROn December 9, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced $94,700 in fines to five importers and more than 1394 items that included engines, scooters and ATV’s were seized, exported or destroyed.  This was the latest result of their continued joint operations at the ports of LA, Long Beach and Oakland targeting foreign made vehicles and equipment without proper emission controls.  EPA estimates that the non-compliance vehicles and engines in its enforcement cases announced today would have emitted at least 215,000 pounds of nitrogen oxide (NOx) and hydrocarbons (HC) per year.  

“EPA has been working diligently with CBP officers at the ports to ensure all items entering our nation comply with federal environmental standards,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “We will continue our efforts to reduce pollution and protect consumers from illegal imports.”

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