(Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced
Jan. 18 that Bandit Industries Inc. has agreed to settle allegations of violating
the Clean Air Act when selling non-road diesel engines and equipment used in
wood processing that failed to meet government standards.
products sold by Bandit were allegedly not covered by the certificates of
conformity that the Clean Air Act requires. Additionally, the products were not
exempt from the certification requirement needed by the Transition Program for
Equipment Manufacturers (TPEM).
The EPA has
certification requirements in place to protect public health and the
environment by reducing emissions of particulate matter. Particulate matter can
affect humans by causing respiratory issues that include premature
mortality, aggravation of respiratory and cardiovascular disease, aggravated
asthma, acute respiratory symptoms including aggravated coughing and difficult
or painful breathing, chronic bronchitis and decreased lung function.
the allegations, Bandit will pay $3 million in civil penalties. The settlement
does not include injunctive relief. A stipulation and a complaint will be filed
by the EPA in the Western District of Michigan.
Bandit is a
manufacturer of self-powered industrial-strength equipment that is used to process
wood and waste.