Monday, March 30, 2020

EPA, Customs and Border Protection seize illegal vehicles and engines at California ports

Port of Long Beach
Port of Long Beach
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the seizure this week of 1,394 items including engines, scooters and ATVs from the Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland, California.

The agencies collected $94,700 in fines as well.

The seizure, which the EPA estimates will prevent at least 215,000 pounds of nitrogen oxide (NOx) and hydrocarbons (HC) from harming the area’s air quality each year, was carried out under Operation Stop Your Engine. In partnership with the CBP the EPA carried out investigations of companies importing engines and vehicles, discovering those that dealt in products without certifications or adequate emissions controls.

Companies found in violation of import regulations include AKMI Corporation, Yamazuki Inc., CLC Logistics Inc., Joyner USA Inc. and Infinity Source Inc. Additionally, the joint operation uncovered illegal imports of pesticides by Consus Chemicals LLC, Arysta LifeScience North America LLC and Syngenta Crop Portection.

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

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